18 Nov Pain Management Doctor Treats Arthritis
Suffering from painful arthritis can really make life hard. Medications can certainly help with the pain but in most cases, especially with rheumatoid arthritis, it does not completely take the pain away. As a result, arthritis sufferers often find they are suffering with pain that does not go away. It is why it is so important to see a pain management doctor and get a treatment plan that works.
The Right Treatment Plan
Your pain management doctor will create the right treatment plan. He/she will begin by assessing you and determining what kind of arthritis you have and then the best way to proceed.
There are numerous medications available for treating arthritis. It is common to start with ibuprofen or other prescription NSAIDs that are designed to reduce your pain and swelling.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis with moderate to severe pain, your pain management doctor may prescribe prednisone to help reduce the swelling. DMARDSs (Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) are the most common family of drugs used for rheumatoid arthritis and includes medications such as hydroxychloroquine, leflunomide, sulfasalazine and methotrexate. Biologics, which is an injection, is also used.
Your treatment will depend on the type of arthritis you have, your level of pain and the symptoms you are suffering. Your pain management doctor will prescribe one or more of these treatment options.
• Acupressure or acupuncture
• Cognitive Behavior modification
• Emotional Support
• Message Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
• Prescription and non-prescription medications that can include narcotics in cases with severe pain.
• Supplements like fish oil, Glucosamine or MSN.
Take Care of Your Health to Reduce Arthritis Pain
In addition to what your pain management doctor recommends, there are things you can do that can aid in relieving your pain, after all you shouldn’t have to live in pain. Continuous pain is also emotionally draining and can lead to anxiety, depression, frustration, anger and despair.
• Do not smoke.
• Drink only in moderation.
• Eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables so that you are getting all of the nutrients you need.
• Exercise regularly as it will make your joints feel better. Go slow and enjoy the many benefits.
• Join a local support group. Having others around you who understand what you are going through can make you feel supported and less alone.
• Make sure you get emotional support.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder whereas osteoarthritis is not. Both are painful and debilitating. It is very important to make sure you seek treatment from a pain management doctor to ensure your quality of life is not impeded.
Your pain management doctor may send you to a pain clinic where there will be numerous professionals specializing in pain reduction that can come up with the best plan for you. If you have questions or you find treatments are not working do not be afraid to speak up