If you have chronic pain due to an injury or inflammatory disease, you deserve to work with a medical professional who can help you control the pain and improve your quality of life. Without the right treatment, chronic pain can affect your immune system and disrupt the healing process. Pain also makes it harder to stay active and participate in physical therapy sessions. At Physicians Now, one of our experienced healthcare providers can recommend medications and other treatments to control chronic pain and make it easier for you to enjoy your life.
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health say 80 percent of people develop back pain at some point in their lives. This type of pain comes in many forms, from a dull ache to stabbing pain in any region of the back. Acute back pain usually lasts no more than a few weeks, while the term chronic pain refers to any pain that lasts for more than 90 days. For some people, resting and taking over-the-counter medications are enough to make the pain go away. Other people experience chronic back pain that does not improve with these treatments.
If you have acute or chronic back pain, one of our physicians will discuss your medical history with you and then perform a physical examination. You may also need X-rays or other tests to determine the cause of your pain. Once the cause has been identified, one of our experienced medical professionals will recommend the best treatment to relieve your symptoms and make it easier to move on with your life.
Neck pain has a number of different causes, from automobile accidents to muscle tension. If you have this type of pain, there is no need to suffer in silence. Visit one of our doctors to find out how you can control the pain and prevent it from taking over your life. Some people respond well to rest, application of cold or heat, or physical therapy. Others need pain medications, muscle relaxers, or other prescription drugs to control their symptoms. It is important to work with an experienced medical professional so you can find out the best treatment for your particular type of pain.
The bones of your skeleton connect at the joints, which aid in movement and help support the body. If you have joint damage from arthritis or old injuries, you may experience chronic pain. In some people, the pain is fairly mild and can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. Other people experience debilitating joint pain that makes it difficult to walk and perform other basic activities. When you visit a doctor because of joint pain, the doctor will examine you and ask questions about past injuries and illnesses. After determining the cause of the pain, a doctor can recommend physical therapy, medications, or other treatments.
Swelling is a term used to describe the enlargement of one or more body parts. If you sustained a sports injury or workplace injury, you may notice swelling at the injury site. If the swelling continues, make an appointment with one of our physicians. There are several ways to reduce swelling and ensure your injury heals properly.
Pain Management Techniques
If you continue to experience pain after receiving treatment for your injury or illness, there are ways to manage the pain. Conventional pain management techniques include medications and physical therapy. A doctor might also recommend psychological counseling, surgical intervention, acupuncture, or alternative medical treatments.
Develop a Plan
If you have frequent pain due to an illness or injury, you do not need to let the pain take control of your life. Schedule an appointment to see one of our friendly, caring medical professionals. You can discuss your pain and work together to develop a pain management plan that meets your individual needs.