In the United States, we can’t escape pain, as reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a large portion of the American population suffering from some form of severe or ongoing pain. While acute causes of pain such as a broken arm or torn ligament are relatively straightforward, chronic pain is complex. From headaches to backaches and arthritis, this form of pain dramatically affects one’s quality of life on a daily basis. What’s more, chronic pain is subjective and different for each person. Therefore, effective treatment requires an intentional approach and combination of therapies that are tailored for each patient.
At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we specialize in pain management using a blend of alternative treatments to combat varying levels of pain. Some of these are explained below.
It might seem absurd or even impossible for individuals in pain to exercise. Yet, with modifications and specific training according to one’s abilities, exercise can strengthen the body and reduce pain. Some examples include water aerobics, pool therapy, yoga, Pilates and low impact aerobics.
To target pain signals sent from the nerves to the brain, electrodes are placed on an affected area through Electrotherapy. Using a TENS unit or IF (interferential stimulation), this alters a patient’s perception of pain, and has become effective in reducing pain associated with Sciatica, back pain, neck pain, Fibromyalgia and diabetic nerve pain.
Though temporary, steroid injections are used in combination with other forms of pain management to help patients ease into physical therapy or exercise that is necessary to relieve their pain.
Finally, mindfulness is a unique approach that addresses how a patient feels about their pain. By acknowledging their pain in the moment, and thinking about what needs to be accomplished to reduce their pain, many have reported significant improvements.
The professionals at Allied Pain & Spine Institute understand the physical and emotional impact of pain, and we remain committed to formulating personalized treatments using medication, diet and exercise, goal-setting and lifestyle components. We also value Chiropractic adjustments and Acupuncture in minimizing pain.
To discuss alternative treatments for your pain, contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today!
Posted on behalf of Dr. James Petros, Allied Pain & Spine Institute