An estimated 50 million American adults are living with chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks and can be related to certain conditions, such as arthritis. In other cases, the exact cause is unknown.
Achieving adequate relief often involves working closely with a health care provider to find the right treatment or combination of treatment that works for you. At Total Care Family Practice in Henderson, Nevada, our physician Evan Allen, MD, provides comprehensive care for the entire family.
In this post you’ll learn about four of our approaches for managing chronic pain. We offer individualized treatment options and work with you to find a treatment plan that adequately manages your pain.
Corticosteroid injections are medications used to treat pain stemming from a range of conditions, including arthritis and sciatica. They contain medications that have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can be administered in different ways to relieve pain, including:
Corticosteroids can also be administered intravenously. The injections may take a few hours or days to begin working and can provide pain relief that lasts for weeks to months.
A nerve block relieves pain by stopping nerves from sending pain signals to your brain. It’s performed by injecting medicine into or around target nerves and can be used to treat various painful conditions.
A nerve block can also be used diagnostically to determine the source of pain. Your provider may perform a test nerve block to determine if your pain will respond positively. Nerve blocks can provide pain relief for several months. If your pain responds to a nerve block, the procedure can be repeated.
Certain medications used to treat depression and epileptic seizures can help relieve chronic pain. Antiseizure and antidepressant medications are used to relieve back pain, neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia-related pain. These medications can provide dual benefits if you’re also dealing with depression.
Antidepressant medications that may be used to treat chronic pain include tricyclic antidepressants and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors.
Anti-seizure medications that can be used to treat chronic pain include LyricaⓇ and NeurontinⓇ.
Antiseizure medication works to relieve pain by quieting pain signals from nerve cells, while antidepressants improve pain by affecting certain brain chemicals.
When you have chronic pain, lifestyle changes can make a major difference in how you feel, function, and cope. Following a nutritious, balanced diet high in antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits can help combat inflammation. Regular exercise and engaging in stress-busting activities can also help you feel better. It’s best to create a manageable schedule that includes time for rest and self-care.
For treatment for your chronic pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Allen at our office in Henderson, Nevada, by calling or clicking the “book online” button today.