How is Pain Treated?
Depending upon its severity, pain may be treated in a number of therapeutic ways. At Oakland Regional Hospital, your doctor may suggest some options for the treatment of pain that may include one or more of the following:
Medication Pain Management
Medication pain management such as non-prescription drugs or over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Aleve®, Motrin®, and Tylenol®; or, stronger prescription (Rx) medications such as morphine, codeine, or analgesics, may be prescribed by your physician to reduce pain. Other drug medications – like muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and some antidepressants – are also used for pain. This form of pain treatment is less focused on eradicating all of your pain, however, your doctor is more concerned with reducing how much pain you have and how frequent it occurs.
It is important that you tell your physician about any allergies, current medications and use of vitamins or herbal supplements before taking any of the prescribed medications.
Interventional Pain Management
Interventional Pain Management is an integrated approach to the treatment of pain, in which a team of healthcare professionals work together as a multidisciplinary team to help the patient find relief from acute or chronic pain conditions. Oakland Regional Hospital physicians using interventional diagnostic techniques and devices to treat pain require extensive training and are generally board certified anesthesiologists or neurological surgeons. It is through this multidisciplinary treatment approach that our patients have access to advanced interventional techniques such as:
- Electrical stimulation
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Spinal cord stimulators
- Implanted devices called “drug pumps”
- Nerve blocks (the blocking of a group of nerves with local anesthetics)
- Joint injections
- Epidural injections
- Trigger point injections
- Alternative treatments such as acupuncture, relaxation and biofeedback
Physical and Occupational Therapy
At Oakland Regional Hospital, our physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors (physiatrists) use conservative, nonsurgical tools as well as minimally invasive techniques to get patients back on the path to recovery.
Physiatrists strive to improve the quality of patients’ lives by improving function. Using non-operative treatments, pain management techniques and exercise-based rehabilitation, including acupuncture and manipulations, these specialists treat various musculoskeletal (muscles and bones), neurological (nervous system) disorders, and conditions like arthritis, back pain, work- and sports-related injuries, joint replacement, hand, hip, knee, shoulder, ankle and foot surgery patients. Visit our Rehabilitation Services at Oakland Regional Hospital for more information.
Pain Control After Surgery
It is normal to expect a certain amount of pain following surgery; however, if pain does not subside with pain medication, there may be a more serious problem. Your Oakland Regional Hospital physicians and nurses will ask about your pain because they want you to be comfortable. It is important that they be alerted if their efforts to control your pain are not effective. With today's new and improved pain medications, there is no reason for anyone to tolerate severe pain. By effectively treating pain, you will heal faster, have fewer complications following surgery, and be able to go home and resume normal activities sooner.
The Pain Management specialists at Oakland Regional Hospital focus on evaluating and treating pain conditions. The goal – to help our patients improve and achieve a better quality of life through the reduction in their pain and an improvement in their ability to function in daily activities – progressing to living a better lifestyle. Click below to make an appointment for a consultation. Or, call the Appointment Hotline at 248-423-8484.