Just what is pain management?
Pain management is the medical practice of treating all forms of discomfort. Pain is subjective and is experienced differently by each person. Emotions also affect the experience of being in pain. Pain management is both mental and physical. Early intervention can help prevent the pain from becoming chronic. Pain can be debilitating. The goal of pain management is to reduce suffering and improve the overall quality of life. Treatments range from oral/topical medications to physical therapy, psychological counseling, and even surgery.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery works to reduce pressure on spinal nerves and re-stabilize the spine. Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is quicker, more cosmetically pleasing, and require less recovery time and dependence on pain meds. There is also less trauma to surrounding muscles, tissues, and organs. If the pain becomes chronic and other treatment methods have not worked, minimally invasive surgeries are a good option. Today, minimally invasive surgery treats many conditions such as herniated discs, spinal problems, tumors, and compression fractures in an outpatient setting.
How is pain treated?
Treatment will depend on the location, duration, and severity of the pain. Not all pain requires going to a physician. Conditions such as a pulled muscle and headaches can be treated at home with over the counter medication, rest, and topical ointments. More severe conditions, such as a broken bone or other medical ailments, will require a specialist. Pain management medications often include NSAIDs, antidepressants, antiseizure medications, and steroids. Physical and cognitive therapy will treat both the physical and mental aspects of the discomfort. Cryotherapy, hot therapy and nerve stimulation can reduce swelling and provide pain relief.
Which treatment is the best choice?
Unless a patient’s pain levels immmediately call for surgery, most healthcare providers will recommend trying nonsurgical treatments first. Physical therapy, medications, and other alternative method of pain management can often patients with some relief . When other treatment methods have been attempted and failed to alleviate the pain, minimally invasive surgery is an excellent, long-term option. The success rate is high, and the recovery is often quick. Individuals not wishing to try therapy after therapy may opt for surgery in the beginning. Most physicians will still request some form of treatment before operating. Patients experiencing pain should speak with a surgeon regarding treatment options.