26 Oct What Type Of Treatments Will A Pain Clinic Offer?
You’ve been told several times – make an appointment with a pain clinic, they can help. But you might be wondering what they can do that’s different from what you’ve already done. You might be wondering if it’s worth your time. That’s a good question. While different pain clinics offer different services, we’ll look at some of the treatments that are available. When you work with a pain clinic, you will receive a cohesive treatment plan that looks at the whole person and this can help to increase the success rate. You’ll have a number of specialists working with you to create the right pain treatment plan for you.
Your visit will begin with an assessment of your pain. This will include a rating of level of pain, how long you’ve had the pain, the type of pain (dull, ache, throbbing, etc.), where the pain is located, whether the pain moves around, and whether there is a medical condition associated with the pain.
The pain clinic staff will then try to educate you about your pain giving you tools that you can use to assess your pain and to self manage your pain at least to some degree.
#3 Nutrition Counseling
You might be surprised to discover that your nutrition can play a role in pain reduction. A recent study Tennant 2011 indicates certain dietary changes can have a positive effect on chronic pain. This is especially true with severe chronic pain because this type of pain can lead to an increase in starch and sugar intake combined with a decrease in protein intake, which can lead to wasting.
Even though clinical organizations have not yet recommended a diet to eliminate pain, the science contains plenty of data linking pain and food. The temporary relief of pain is linked to temporary fasting (Bell 2007). Some experts say a low carb high protein diet is best for long-term relief (Ruskin 2009) because it decreases inflammation. So expect your nutritional specialist to work with you on your diet to reduce your pain.
#4 Therapeutic Exercises
Working with a physical therapist an exercise protocol that’s right for you will be created. This will likely include stretches but will also likely include exercises that are designed to strengthen the muscle. For example, for back pain you may be given core exercise.
There are all kinds of pain medications that your team of pain specialists at the pain clinic can choose from. They will start with the over the counter medications although since you are at the pain clinic, it’s likely these have not been effective. There are a number of opiate drugs that can be used in the treatment of pain along with some of the older antidepressants and drugs like gabapentin when the pain is nerve based. While pain medications can certainly make up part of your treatment plan, the goal is to actually eliminate your pain so you do not have to rely on pain medications.
#6 Alternative Treatments
Massage therapy, chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, biofeedback techniques, and the list goes on. These treatments could be used in creating your pain management protocol.
A pain clinic specializes in the elimination or at least the reduction of pain, and because everyone that works, there is a pain specialist you are much more likely to enjoy the results than from any other source. So be patient and give the pain clinic a chance to tweak and perfect your treatment.