Noninvasive Pain Management Techniques
Research is continually being conducted to help decipher which pain management therapies are the most effective. Patients are always advised to consult their physician regarding questions about specific programs, so we will review some of the most widely available methods here.
The most widely used classes of pain management are:
- Noninvasive, non-drug pain management
- Noninvasive pharmacologic pain management
- Invasive pain management
Noninvasive Non-Drug Pain Management
Exercise is one of the most classic ways of managing pain. Essentially, you’re doing physical exertion with the goal of increasing your strength and flexibility, meanwhile restoring normal range motion. This includes water therapy, aerobic routines and many more. Exercise is a necessary technique for proper cardiovascular health, disc nutrition and musculoskeletal health.
Manual Techniques are the manipulation of the affected areas by applying force to joints, muscles and ligaments. Manual therapy can be helpful for joints that lack mobility and certain musculoskeletal conditions. Your healthcare provider may provide some or a combination of the following types of manual techniques.
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Joint Mobilization
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- High Velocity, Low Amplitude Thrusting
Behavioral Modification is the use of implementing behavioral methods to increase patient response to painful stimuli. Using Cognitive therapy, the patient learns how to alleviate pain by means of relaxation and coping techniques. Sometimes biofeedback will be involved by learning to control muscle tension, blood pressure and heart rate for symptomatic results.
Noninvasive Pharmacologic Pain Management
Pain relievers and related drugs are used at many stages in medical treatment of pain. From initial onset of acute pain, treatment of chronic pain and alleviation of pain in cases of failed surgery. Some of the most common types of treatments are:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS)
- Muscle Relaxants
- Narcotic Medications
- Antidepressants and anticonvulsants
Invasive Pain Management
Invasive methods in pain management may involve injections and/or placement of devices in or onto the body. There are several invasive pain management therapies. Here are a few of the most popular interventional pain techniques:
Day to day life can be difficult while battling chronic pain. Hopefully, with help from these techniques you may find a solution for you. In case of an emergency, please seek help from a physician immediately.
Dr. Dumitru is a certified pain management specialist. To find out more please call his office at (713) 461-8555.