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What is Pain Management?

According to the International Association for the Study of Pain, pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. Pain is not what occurs at the periphery, there is the suffering component of pain, which is also important to recognize. Therefore undergoing any kind of pain can seriously affect the quality of life. Sensory pain can result from conditions such as arthritis, cancer treatments, fibromyalgia and old injuries. It is crucial to get this pain under control and this is what is called pain management.

When undergoing pain management, your doctor will first need to determine the cause of the pain. This will guide the pain management approach that is most effective for your kind of pain. There are different ways of pain management available today. Sometimes a combination of treatments is used depending on how complicated the situation is.

Medicine is supposed to treat injury by supporting and speeding up the process of healing. Medicine also treats symptoms like pain to relief suffering during treatment and healing of the injury or condition. However, even after this initial intervention, the pain may persist after the injury or condition is healed. Sometimes medical science is not able to identify the cause of the pain and the medicine is unable to continue relieving the suffering of the patient. This is where a tailored treatment approach of pain management comes in. Pain management experts use measures such as analgesics, anticonvulsants, anti depressants, physical therapy and exercise and thermo therapies among others.

Apex can help patients suffering from acute and chronic pain through the following ways:


There are various medications prescribed specifically for pain. Opioids and benzodiazepines are often not the best options; there are studies suggesting that using opioids for long periods of time in managing chronic pain may not be the best idea. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anti seizure medication and steroids are just some of the medications used in treating chronic pain. Pain medication is often abused by people suffering from chronic pain. Pain management through medication should be done under the direction of an experienced pain management doctor. They prescribe the correct dosages and medication combination to achieve the best results.


Main management therapy may be aimed at the mind and the body. Pain management clinics may mix these therapies depending on the condition of the patient. Physical therapy is usually very important in any part of any pain management program. This is because pain can be worsened by physical activities that are not done correctly. Physical therapy is facilitated through various ways from direct manipulation to the use of various stimulation tools. The physical therapy sessions may start off at the clinic, but with time, the patient learns the various exercises they can do on their own at home to help manage the pain they suffer.

Other pain management options include a variety of approaches. It is always important to consult an expert in order to get the best treatment combination for your condition.


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