Treatments for Chronic Pain & Pain Conditions
Learn about some options for treating your condition
When it comes to treating pain, whether chronic or acute, treatment options are as varied as the underlying causes of your discomfort. Treatments for chronic pain can include noninvasive therapies like massage, acupuncture and lifestyle changes, or more aggressive therapies such as steroid injections, nerve blocks or surgery. The experts at Balcones Pain Consultants have a broad range of traditional, nontraditional and new pain therapies for treating pain in any area of the body, resulting from a variety of underlying causes or conditions. The focus at Balcones Pain Consultants is on a compassionate and individualized approach to treating chronic pain.
Medication Options for Pain Treatment
Both non-prescription and prescription drugs can play a significant role in the treatment of chronic pain. Many types of pain can be managed with the use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), opioids or steroid injections, especially pain from an injury or from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis or plantar fasciitis.
Muscle relaxants can play a beneficial role in reducing pain due to certain conditions like tension headaches or back muscle spasms. Antidepressants and anticonvulsant medications can alleviate pain due to conditions like chronic headaches, arthritis and nerve damage.
Treating Pain from Damaged Nerves
For some chronic pain conditions, nerve blocks or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation are highly effective in reducing pain. Neuropathy and neuralgia both respond well to these therapies, along with chronic back and limb pain. Spinal cord stimulation, a treatment method in which low-level electrical signals transmitted to the spinal cord are used to block pain signals, can also be quite effective in pain management.
Sprains, Strains, Fractures, Breaks and Other Problems
Pain from sprains and bone fractures can be treated with pain medications as well as splinting, casting and physical therapy that incorporates special stretches and exercise. Back and limb pain due to spinal problems can be treated with a variety of therapies, such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, surgery may be required to treat pain by correcting a problem at the source, such as back pain resulting from a herniated disc or leg and foot pain due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Non-Invasive and Alternative Therapies
Physical therapy, massage, exercise, weight management and nutritional support can all play important roles in a holistic approach to pain management. Counseling can also be an effective treatment for chronic pain, whether the pain causes depression or emotional conditions like depression, stress or anxiety contribute to the pain condition. Yoga and meditation can help in treating chronic pain by assisting the patient in developing effective pain management strategies along with a holistic sense of wellbeing.
Acupuncture and biofeedback can also be effective in the treatment of pain from a variety of conditions. Acupuncture uses fine, sterile needles to stimulate the body’s natural healing responses. Biofeedback uses information provided by electrical sensors to help patients learn to control certain bodily functions such as heart rate and muscle tension to reduce pain symptoms.
Learn More About Treatment Options for Your Specific Pain Condition:
- Abdominal Pain Treatments
- Arm Pain Treatments
- Back Pain Treatments
- Foot Pain Treatments
- General Pain Treatments
- Hand Pain Treatments
- Head and Face Pain Treatments
- Hip Pain Treatments
- Knee Pain Treatments
- Leg Pain Treatments
- Neck Pain Treatments
- Pelvic Pain Treatments
Your caring provider at Balcones Pain Consultants will listen compassionately to your symptoms in order to develop an individualized plan for treating your particular type of pain and the underlying condition that is causing it.