We all find ourselves somewhere on that 1-to-10-scale of pain at some point in our lives. Some of us have chronic pain with varying degrees on that scale that we deal with on a regular basis. But we do just that: deal with it. Whether chronic or not, pain is a serious issue that effects many of us.
Pain has many causes ranging from injury, surgery, cancer, infection, arthritis, emotional issues or trauma, fibromyalgia, headaches, and many other causes. Based on the cause, treatments can be found to at least better manage the pain, if not treat it and eliminate it.
The first choice usually taken by most of us, and also prescribed by the medical system, is a pain medication (NSAIDs, acetaminophen, antidepressants, steroids and/or narcotics). Many have side effects though, ranging from sleepiness and dizziness to internal bleeding and blood clots. It is important to understand the side effects of each medication before taking them, and to take them as prescribed.
Sometimes medication is needed, even narcotics, but there are many non-drug options available to use as well. These options don’t carry the side effect profile of medications. They can be used first and alone, or combined with medications to improve pain management.
The above therapies that are provided in my office can be discussed in more detail when you make an appointment. Referrals can be made for massage, chiropractic care, traditional Chinese medicine, and counseling. Please call 715-895-8571 for an appointment.