Browsed by
Category: Pain Management

Pain Management and Nerve Blocks

Pain Management and Nerve Blocks

(ĐTĐ) – Nerve blocks are used for pain treatment and management. There are several different types of nerve blocks that serve different purposes.   Often a group of nerves, called a plexus or ganglion, that causes pain to a specific organ or body region can be blocked with the injection of medication into a specific area of the body. The injection of this nerve-numbing substance is called a nerve block. How Are Nerve Blocks Used? Different kinds of nerve blocks…

Read More Read More

Pain Medications: OTC and Prescription

Pain Medications: OTC and Prescription

Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers include: Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Aspirin Free Excedrin) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs; aspirin, Motrin, Aleve and Orudis KT) Topical Corticosteroids (Cortaid and Cortizone) Both acetaminophen and NSAIDs reduce fever and relieve pain caused by muscle aches and stiffness, but only NSAIDs can also reduce inflammation (swelling and irritation). Acetaminophen and NSAIDs also work differently. NSAIDs relieve pain by reducing the production of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that cause pain. Acetaminophen works on the parts…

Read More Read More

Alternative Therapy

Alternative Therapy

(ĐTĐ) – The term alternative therapy, in general, is used to describe any medical treatment or intervention that has not been sufficiently scientifically documented or identified as safe and effective for a specific condition. Alternative therapy encompasses a variety of disciplines including acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic treatment, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, massage and many others.   In the past decade, strong evidence has been accumulated regarding the benefits of mind-body therapies, acupuncture, and some nutritional supplements for…

Read More Read More

Treatment for Spinal Compression Fractures

Treatment for Spinal Compression Fractures

(ĐTĐ) – If osteoporosis has caused a spinal compression fracture, the treatment should address the pain, the fracture, and the underlying osteoporosis to prevent future fractures.   All components of treatment have improved greatly in the last decade, says Michael Schaufele, MD, a physiatrist and professor of orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta . “We have better interventional options to treat fractures and better treatments to prevent future fractures,” he tells WebMD. The majority of fractures heal…

Read More Read More

Chiropractic

Chiropractic

What is chiropractic? Chiropractic is a hands-on therapy based on the theory that subluxations in the spine may cause many medical disorders (especially disorders of the nervous system). Chiropractic medicine originated in the late 1800s in the United States. Chiropractic treatments usually involve adjusting the joints and bones in a person’s spine using twisting, pulling, or pushing movements. Some chiropractors use heat, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound to help relax the person’s muscles before doing a spinal adjustment. The primary theory…

Read More Read More

Pain Medications: Opioid

Pain Medications: Opioid

(ĐTĐ) – Most medications have a maximum dose. Usually, the maximum dose is one that you cannot exceed without suffering harm. In the case of most pain medications, taking more than the maximum dose will not increase the pain relief but may cause toxic side effects such as stomach ulcers, kidney damage, liver damage, chemical imbalance in the bloodstream, or death.   Strong opioid medications are slightly different in this regard, and this is fortunate for people who suffer from…

Read More Read More

How Is Pain Treated?

How Is Pain Treated?

The goal of pain management is to improve function, enabling individuals to work, attend school, or participate in other day-to-day activities. Patients and their physicians have a number of options for the treatment of pain; some are more effective than others. Sometimes, relaxation and the use of imagery as a distraction provide relief. These methods can be powerful and effective, according to those who advocate their use. Whatever the treatment regime, it is important to remember that pain is treatable….

Read More Read More

Treatment Overview

Treatment Overview

What Are the Treatments for Chronic Pain? The treatments for chronic pain are as diverse as the causes. From over-the-counter and prescription drugs to mind/body techniques to acupuncture, if one approach doesn’t work, another one might. But when it comes to treating chronic pain, no single technique is guaranteed to produce complete pain relief. Relief may be found by using a combination of treatment options. Drug Therapy: Nonprescription and Prescription Milder forms of pain may be relieved by over-the-counter medications…

Read More Read More

Pain Management Whiplash

Pain Management Whiplash

(ĐTĐ) – Whiplash, also called neck sprain or neck strain, is injury to the neck. Whiplash is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck. In whiplash, the intervertebral joints (located between vertebrae), discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged. What Causes Whiplash? Whiplash is caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head, either backward or forward, and often occurs as a result of a car accident. What Are the…

Read More Read More

Morphine

Morphine

(ĐTĐ) – Morphine (INN) (MS Contin, MSIR, Avinza, Kadian, Oramorph, Roxanol, Kapanol) is a potent opiate analgesic medication and is considered to be the prototypical opioid.   Morphine is the most abundant alkaloid found in opium, the dried sap (latex) derived from shallowly slicing the unripe seedpods of the opium, or common or edible, poppy, Papaver somniferum. Morphine was the first active principle purified from a plant source and is one of at least 50 alkaloids of several different types…

Read More Read More