10 Ways to Treat Chronic Pain

In America today, over 50 million people live with chronic pain, and 8% of them have such severe pain that it interferes with their day-to-day lives. Here at Boston PainCare, in Waltham, Concord, and Natick, Massachusetts, we believe that any chronic pain is too much. Our team of pain management experts offers comprehensive, customized treatments to reduce, and when possible, eliminate your pain. 

We tailor pain management treatment plans to meet your specific needs and often combine different therapies to provide a multidisciplinary approach to pain relief. These are some of the methods we use.

10 Ways to treat chronic pain

From massage to nerve blocks, there are many ways to manage pain. 

Steroid injections

Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatories. When you have swelling in your spine, it can compress your nerves, causing localized and radiating pain. When we inject steroids into the inflamed area and alleviate the swelling, it also reduces nerve compression and your pain.

Botox®

Botox is a neuromodulator that can disrupt neurological pain signals. We might recommend Botox for migraines, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, or painful muscle contractions. 

Trigger-point injections

If you suffer from painful muscle spasms, trigger-point injections deliver a combination of a local anesthetic and a steroid into the spasming muscle. The local anesthetic provides immediate pain relief, while the steroid reduces inflammation and releases the knot in your muscles.

Nerve blocks

If you have chronic pain due to damaged or malfunctioning nerves, a nerve block delivers anti-inflammatory medication to the nerve. The medicine “turns off” the nerve and stops the pain signals from traveling to your brain.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation uses a mild electrical current to heat and damage a nerve that’s sending pain signals to your brain. The treatment is minimally invasive and provides immediate relief for up to a year.

Physical therapy

Though physical activity might be the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, it’s often an incredibly effective method of providing pain relief. Physical therapists offer highly personalized rehabilitation treatment plans to reduce your pain and improve your strength and flexibility.

Chiropractic care

Many patients find relief from chiropractic treatments. When a chiropractor adjusts your spine or another joint, it can relieve tension in your muscles and connective tissue. Additionally, chiropractic care applies a holistic approach to health and take your overall wellbeing into account while designing your treatment. 

Hot and cold therapy

Hot and cold therapy is a simple, but effective, approach to pain management. Heat can relax your muscles and reduce muscular pain. Cold therapy, which could be as simple as an ice pack, can reduce inflammation. Your doctor or therapist can provide specific instructions on how to alternate hot and cold therapy to maximize your relief. 

Medication

Medication can relieve pain, but we prefer to provide treatments that resolve the issue causing your pain. When we prescribe medication, it’s usually for a relatively short period of time to relieve your pain while we implement other treatments to resolve the root cause. 

You don’t have to live with chronic pain, especially if it’s interfering with your quality of life. Call us, or schedule a consultation online for effective, personalized pain management.

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