When faced with life options, what would you choose?
Most of you would probably say, “Of course, the one that will not shed tears!”
In an era where convenience always plays a part, people would normally choose the easiest way out. But things are different when you talk about health and well-being. Sometimes, the easiest does not always mean the most effective. This is true when people deal with pain alleviation or commonly called pain management.
Before you consider any options for pain management, you need to first define what is pain. According to oxford, “It is a highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury” and from MedicineNet, “It is an unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony”.
Some would have high tolerance with pain while others can be so sensitive with mild injuries. Whatever degree that you are experiencing, it can be an unbearable condition that drains and weakens not only the person but the whole family.
Fortunately, there are ways to keep it under control.
Pain management is the treatment of both mind and body. It may range from the treatment of chronic, acute, soft tissue and nerve pain or even breakthrough that happens between regular and scheduled painkillers. The list maybe endless as it does not feel the same as everyone.
You need to clearly describe what you feel to help medical practitioners address it properly and provide the best treatment. Common ways of describing pain is whether it feels stabbing, sharp, burning, dull and numb, when does it occur and where do you feel it.
The most common technique in pain management is through medications. This would involve administration of NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen, generally, pain relievers. Other medications are Tylenol, antidepressants and steroids.
However, just like any other drugs, it may lead to side effects like skin reactions and infections or may go as worse as damage issues if intake is too frequent. Another approach is physical therapy also known as physiotherapy.
It is a health technique that helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It is based on the science of movement, suitable for all age groups where therapy will not be drug based and patients will be assisted to be independent after the process. Thus, this eliminates or reduces the side effects resulting from the treatment.
Physiotherapy can cure multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s that can come under neurological disorders, stroke and recovery from it, the painful orthopaedic problems like arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems like neck and back pains. These are just few of the health problems that can be alleviated and treated with this non-invasive technique.
Most of all, physiotherapists understand that it is not sufficient to just treat someone like a machine with broken parts. They work with people, from treatment to rehabilitation and bringing them back to their usual functions. Thus, when considering options for pain management, you should look beyond what is easy and comfortable but more so, what can be beneficial to your whole well-being.