Pain is your body’s nervous systems letting you know that something might be wrong. Pain is generally an unpleasant feeling such as a prick, tingle, sting, burn, or ache that can be either sharp or dull feeling. It is also the most common reason people go to see their doctor.

Although pain can be important for letting us know when something is wrong, someone experiencing chronic pain, or pain that lasts for a long time, may face issues that impact their day to day health and well-being.

Pain can affect:

  • Muscles, bones and joints
  • Nerves and the nervous system
  • Organs

Chronic pain can often interfere with sleep, work activities and quality time with friends and family. The good news is that there many effective ways to manage one’s pain in order to improve quality of life on a daily basis.

Treatments of pain often differ from person to person based on the cause, type of pain and patient perspective of pain. Some types of treatment include:

  • Drug Treatments such as pain relievers
  • Non-Drug Treatments as acupuncture, physical therapy or surgery

If you are experiencing some sort of pain, seeking help from a doctor that specializes in pain medicine or pain management can be effective in lessening your symptoms. Since there are many different types of pain and no “one-size-fits-all” solution or treatment, seeking help from someone who specializes in pain management can help to make a pain management plan that is effective for you, specifically.

Types of Pain Management

  • Massage – this is better suited to soft tissue injuries and should be avoided if the pain is in the joints.
  • Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) – this form of therapy can help you learn to change how you think and, in turn, how you feel and behave about pain.
  • Acupuncture – involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the skin. It aims to restore balance within the body.

Sources: Better Health Channel, Medline Plus. American Society of Anesthesiologists.  The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only.  For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.