Chronic pain has the ability to hold you back from living your life, but effective pain management is available to you if you find the right method and determinedly stick to it. Unmanaged pain often keeps people from spending time with their friends, playing with their children, or enjoying the activities they used to love. Dedicate yourself to overcoming this obstacle and grabbing your life back.
- Consult your doctor. The first step to pain management is knowing where your discomfort is coming from. If you haven’t already, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discover the root of your chronic pain. With an accurate diagnosis you can determine the most effect method of overcoming your daily discomforts.
- See a physical therapist. Regular appointments with a physical therapist will help your body recover faster and overcome painful obstacles. With professional guidance, your physical therapist can help you improve your quality of life and better manage painful symptoms.
- Change your habits. A physical therapist will also help you make lifestyle changes that will keep chronic pain at bay. There may be simple alterations to your regular movements and routine that are magnifying your discomfort. Pinpointing these spots could guide you to easy solutions for pain-free days.
- Reevaluate your medicinal treatment. Discuss your current medicine regimen with your doctor if you feel it is not effective. As pain progresses you may need a different prescription, a higher dosage, or your doctor may recommend a surgical solution for your pain.
- Consider alternative methods. Acupuncture, meditation, and other alternative forms of pain management could all effectively supplement your current pain management techniques. Before starting any new treatment plans, consult your doctor to verify that an alternative approach is safe and complementary with any medications you are already taking.
At Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, we want to help you overcome your chronic pain conditions. Join us on the third Wednesday of every month for an American Chronic Pain Association meeting. Our next gathering will happen on December 21st at 6:30 pm.