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Pain Management Specialists
At Coastal Orthopedics, we understand how debilitating chronic pain can be. Our goal is to decrease or eliminate your pain, so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy. Our team of board-certified pain management specialists is committed to relieving your pain through minimally-invasive interventional treatments. You may also be treated by our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, who focuses on restoring your function through a regimen of non-surgical, physician-guided strengthening, stretching, therapy, medications, and injections.
What are the Basic Types of Chronic Pain?
How pain is treated depends on the type of pain. There are two types of pain: nociceptive pain and neuropathic pain.
The most common type of pain is nociceptive pain, which is caused by an injury such as damage to the body’s tissues and can be described as a sharp, aching, or throbbing pain. This pain can be from physical damage or potential damage to the body. Nociceptive Pain is when the nociceptive nerve fibers are triggered by inflammation, chemicals, or physical events.
Nociceptive pain can include:
- Bone fracture
- Crush injuries
- and more
Neuropathic pain is caused by damage or diseases that can affect the nervous system. This type of pain has no clear source, such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and can be spontaneous like shingles.
Neuropathic pain includes:
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Sympathetically maintained pain
- Interstitial cystitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
10 RELAXATION TECHNIQUES TO REDUCE STRESS ON-THE-SPOT
- Meditate: Keep yourself busy with activities that help keep your attention calm.
- Picture Yourself Relaxed: Take your mind off your stress & replace it with a calming image.
- Breathe Deeply: Let out a big sigh, drop your chest, and exhale through gently pursed lips–Repeat 10x.
- Look Around You: Keep your mind focused on something in the present, stress will take a back seat.
- Drink Hot Tea: Coffee raises levels of the notorious stress hormone, cortisol, while tea offers a calming effect.
- Show Some Love: When you do good, you feel good.
- Try Self-Massage: Stress causes tense muscles, so try some simple self-massage techniques.
- Take a Time-Out: Step away from a stressful situation, put it on hold, and take a break from it all.
- Try a Musical Detour: Slow tempo or classical tunes can produce calming effects.
- Take an Attitude Break: Think positive.
What are Some Techniques to Provide Pain Relief?
To diagnose the source of your pain, our pain management physicians will thoroughly assess your condition based on your individual experience with pain. The type of treatments recommended by your physician will depend on the cause and extent of your pain. Based on your diagnosis, your doctor may use a variety of techniques to provide pain relief.
What are Some Medications Used for Pain Management Treatment?
There are multiple types of medication used to treat pain, including over-the-counter and prescribed medications.
Types of chronic pain medications:
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs): Such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin
- Acetaminophen: Such as Tylenol
- Antidepressants: Can improve sleep and ease the pain
- Anti-seizure medication: Can be used to treat pain related to nerve damage or injury
- Steroids: Such as dexamethasone and prednisone, can reduce inflammation and pain
Throughout your plan of care, our pain management specialists will educate you and your family about your pain and treatment. We encourage you to be an active participant in your treatment. Our goal is to help you return to the most functional and productive lifestyle possible.
What are the Pain Management Conditions That can be Treated?
The pain management specialists at Coastal Orthopedics are experts at diagnosing, treating and alleviating neck and back pain, and associated pain in the shoulders, arms, hips, legs as well as neuropathic pain. Some of the most commonly treated conditions include:
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Pain from failed back surgery
- Nerve compression
- Tendonitis and bursitis
- Rotator cuff injury
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Complex regional pain syndromes (reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD)
- Disorders of the nervous system, including shingles
- Cancer pain
- Pain from sports or work injuries
- Muscle and joint pain
What are my Treatment Options for Pain Management?
Pain management treatment varies from person to person because pain is unique to each individual. The pain management specialists at Coastal Orthopedics expertly perform several procedures for chronic neck, back, and joint pain.
Some of the most common procedures we perform include: