Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

When you suffer from acute or chronic pain, your well-being suffers too. You may not be able to stay active and enjoy living your life.

How Pain Affects Your Body

Acute or chronic pain can be debilitating. It can also lead to increased blood pressure and stress on your heart. You may not be able to stay active, which can mean weight gain. Your mental state may also be affected. You may experience depression, anxiety, mood swings, and isolation.

Types of Pain

There are different types of pain. You may experience:

  • Nociceptive pain, is caused by stimulation of nociceptor pain receptors. Nociceptive pain can be caused by inflammation, burns, bruises, sprains, or fractures.
  • Neuropathic pain, is caused by damage to nerves or your nervous system. Neuropathic pain can be caused by sciatica, diabetic neuropathy, or other nerve problems.
  • Mixed pain, is caused by a combination of nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Mixed pain can be caused by a migraine, myofascial pain, or other conditions.

Types of Pain Management

There are three levels of pain management, from non-invasive techniques to more aggressive therapies. Consider:

  • Level 1, which includes basic, non-invasive therapies. Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, rest, meditation, and biofeedback training are all examples of level 1 pain management.
  • Level 2, includes slightly more aggressive therapies. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, also known as a TENS unit, opioid medications, and nerve blocks are all examples of level 2 pain management.
  • Level 3, which includes advanced therapies. Surgical treatment, spinal cord stimulation, and drug pumps are examples of level 3 pain management.

How Your Pain Management Doctor Can Help You

Depending on the cause and severity of your pain, your pain management doctor may recommend:

  • Lumbar epidural steroid injections
  • Cervical epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablations
  • Spinal cord stimulators

Why You Need Pain Management

You deserve to live your best life. If you are experiencing acute or chronic pain, it can dramatically affect your overall mental and physical health. Effective pain management can help you regain your active life.

Want To Know More?

To find out more about pain management and how your doctor can help, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Stacie Oliver at Alturas Pain & Spine Specialists in St. George, UT. You can reach her in the office by calling (435) 222-5527, so call today.

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