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Facts About Pain:
• Untreated or inadequately treated pain can be detrimental by slowing recovery time and reducing our quality of life.
• Many patients with pain neither seek pain relief nor consult their physician for chronic pain out of fear, lack of awareness or being perceived as "weak".
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Welcome Texas' Best Pain Management. All of our pain management experts are part of the Dr-Pain.com Physician network, specializing in the treatment of pain. Our mission is to improve the quality of life who suffer from pain with information on types and treatment options.
What is Pain?
According to IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain), Pain is defined as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage."
Contrary to popular belief, the brain - not the point of injury - registers the pain sensation.
Pain is perceived through nerves throughout the body which travel from the source of pain to the brain.
A custom-tailored pain management treatment plan can help you work towards decreasing or even prevent the pain signals from reaching the brain - accomplished with a combination of pain medication and physical therapy. Thus, if the pain signals are minimized, you will feel less pain.
What are Types of Pain?
Neuropathic pain and Nociceptive pain are the two types, both requiring different treatments.
Neuropathic pain is often described as a burning or stabbing pain caused by nerve tissue damage. Neuropathic pain is experienced in disorders such as Trigeminal Neuralgia, Phantom limb pain, Diabetic neuropathy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Pudendal neuralgia, Cerebral vascular accident (Stroke), Multiple sclerosis, Degenerative disc disease, Spinal cord injury, and cancer.
Nociceptive pain is described as an ongoing dull ache or pressure caused by injury or disease not involving the nerves. Nociceptive pain is divided into two subcategories: Somatic and Visceral.
Somatic pain affects the muscles, bones, and other soft tissues.
Visceral pain affects the organs or blood vessels. Nociceptive pain is experienced in disorders such as Fibromyalgia, Tension headaches, Pelvic joint instability, chronic back pain, Arthritis, Irritable bowel syndrome, Vulvodynia, Cystitis, Endometriosis, and Prostatitis.
Acute vs. Chronic Pain:
Acute pain egins suddenly and is typically sharp in quality. Usually, acute pain does not persist past six months. However, unrelieved or untreated acute pain may lead to chronic pain.
Chronic pain persists beyond healing of an injury. Chronic pain includes physical effects and emotional effects and usually lasts beyond six months.
Depending on the level and severity of your pain, symptomatic treatment options may include the following:
1 Oral Medication
2 Localized Anesthetic
3 Nerve Blocks and injections for back pain
5 Physical Therapy
9 Relaxation Techniques
10 Lifestyle Modifications