Individuals who are living with chronic pain understand how it overwhelms their life. They are literally enveloped by the pain. It is not just the physical discomfort that the pain causes; it is also the way that the pain takes a toll on them mentally and emotionally. The situation is more difficult for individuals who have chronic pain without having a visible sickness or a visible deformity. If a person is battling with chronic pain, but to the rest of the world they look completely fine, it can be difficult for other people to understand or to accept that they are really hurting.
At The NeuroMedical Institute in Panama City, we are committed to providing exceptional specialized pain treatment. When it comes to treating the physical aspect of chronic pain, there are a number of options available. There are oral medications and topical treatments that can relieve some forms of pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other options are available.
Pain medication can be effective, but it also brings with it the risk of addiction, especially when it comes to using narcotics. Some individuals will develop a physical dependence on the drug and will feel like they need to continue to use the drug to stave off their pain long after the pain has disappeared.
There are other things that can be done to address chronic pain that do not involve medication. Some of these things involve exercise, massage therapy, physical therapy and meditation. There are techniques that use electrical stimulation around the area of the pain to reduce some of the pain symptoms.
In some instances, chronic pain can be treated through surgery or through epidural injections. In most cases, our medical professionals avoid surgical or invasive techniques for relieving pain until more conservative pain relief treatments have been tried with no success.
The vast majority of injections performed to address pain are nerve block procedures. Nerve block procedures are performed on an outpatient basis in the comfort of our office. They include epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, lumbar sympathetic nerve block, celiac plexus block, ganglion block, as well as a few other options.
Dealing with chronic pain can be challenging because when a person has it, they just want to feel better. They want to be able to get back to living the life they did before the chronic pain began. However, since chronic pain can come from a wide range of sources, properly diagnosing and treating the pain through a specialized pain treatment program is crucial.
Located in Panama City, The NeuroMedical Institute is proud to offer customized pain treatment options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more information!