Chronic pain isn’t just a nuisance; it’s a burden that can make even the easiest tasks challenging. It can also play havoc on your emotions and lead to other health problems such as stress, depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, or a dependency on painkilling medications.
But you needn’t tolerate chronic discomfort when a pain management specialist can help you overcome the pain, improve your overall health, and maintain your quality of life.
Treating the Person, Not Just the Symptoms
Pain management isn’t a medication or a single therapy. It’s a comprehensive approach that’s specially designed for each person, often focusing on your overall health, emotions, daily work activities and all the treatment options available. Some pain is from a sudden accident or injury, and other pain can be more difficult to diagnose. Whether from an old injury, surgery, or an unknown source, finding the original cause of some body pain takes both patience and perspective.
While primary care physicians are knowledgeable about a wide variety of pain issues, they haven’t received the same level of training on specific conditions that pain management doctors have received. These include:
- Back or neck pain
- nerve pain
- advanced osteoporosis
- joint or muscle pain
- injury related to work or sports
- cancer pain
These pain management professionals include anesthesiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, occupational therapists, orthopedic surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, physical therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists. Most are board certified or specialty trained in pain medicine. They evaluate your condition to consider all your available options. Then a treatment plan is tailored to fit your individual needs.
There are numerous state-of-the-art treatments and advanced technologies for pain management, among them:
- Biofeedback and acupuncture
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- Epidural Injections
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy
- Infusion Therapy
- Nerve Blocks
- Neuro-Stim System (NSS)
- Superian Indirect Decompression System
- Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
- Proburphine Implant
- Pre- and Post-surgical Pain Treatment
In addition, there are structured exercise programs and physical and occupational therapy, all designed to not only help you manage your pain, but also to enhance your overall health as a result. Physical therapy, for example, not only helps relieve you pain, but it also revs up your heart to improve circulation, strengthens your lung power, and can help you lose weight.
Pain Management and a Healthier You
When chronic pain is relieved or controlled, it places you in a better frame of mind. Stress is reduced, you sleep better, eat better, and you have more energy. Also, you are less likely to require medication that may have unwanted side effects. Consequently, your overall health improves, and it enables you to lead a more active and satisfying life.
Perhaps the chief benefit of pain management care is that a specialist works with you to create an individualized treatment plan that focuses on your unique condition and its level of severity. That way, you don’t have to go it alone on the sometimes-challenging road to recovery and renewal.
The pain management specialists at Balcones Pain Consultants in Austin, Texas offer therapy for pain relief and healing. Call (512) 834-4141 to learn about our options for pain relief. We have locations in Austin, Cedar Park, and Market Falls, Texas.