Pain Management

Pain Management

Medicines

The common treatment for pain relief is drug therapy both non-prescription and prescription.

Symptoms of pain may be given relief with some over-the-counter medications i.e. anti-flammatory for muscle aches and stiffness to reduce inflammation (swelling/irritation).  Pain relievers are also available in creams, lotions and sprays that are applied to the skin.  However, it is always in your best interest to consult with your doctor before using any form of medicated pain relief.

Your doctor may prescribe stronger medications for chronic pain or refer you to see a pain specialist.

Other forms of Pain Management can include but are not limited to:

Magnets

Magnets

The use of magnets to treat medical problems.

Magnetic therapy is an alternative medical practice that uses unmoving magnets to help relieve pain. Results are individual to each patient and may offer a natural and an alternative to some medications.

The Magnets healing properties have been used since ancient times, and they may reduce swelling to an inflammatory injury.

There is no convincing scientific evidence to support claims that magnets can relieve the pain of any type. However, it has been the experience of patients and staff of the practice who have undergone this form of treatment, that the success rate in pain relief is evident.

Dry Needling

Dry needling may also offer relief for some muscular pain and stiffness by easing the trigger points. The process may increase flexibility and range of movement. This type of treatment is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and other forms of pain.  However, it is recommended you consult your doctor before undergoing this form of treatment and to find a reputable provider.  Ask your doctor for a recommendation.

How long do the effects of dry needling last? Effects are individual and most patients have improved mobility immediately and a decrease in pain may be felt within 24 hours. Typically, it may take a few treatment sessions (once a week for 2-3 weeks) for a lasting positive effect.

There can be side effects of dry needling, e.g.

Soreness during or after the treatment

  • Bleeding at the place where the needle was pushed in
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Bruising

Dry needling is safe with minimal discomfort.  The effect of the technique for patients with musculoskeletal issues has been proven a success. Dry needling is a treatment performed by a skilled, trained provider, certified in the procedure.  Ask your doctor for a recommendation.

The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a response to release muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is a treatment for chronic pain of conditions of the nervous system.  A healthy muscle feels a little discomfort with the insertion of a needle. Additionally, dry needling has been used to treat conditions including headaches, lower back pain, sciatic pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), and tendonitis. 

You may be sore after treatment where Dry Needling was used. This does not always happen, but it is normal. Soreness may begin in a few hours or even the next day. Bruising from Dry Needling may also happen.

Are acupuncture and dry needling the same? Because filament needles are used in both Dry Needling and Acupuncture, this can lead to confusion.  The difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture is that Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine that involves stimulating points on the body – most often with a needle penetrating the skin – to alleviate pain or to help treat other health conditions.  Whereas Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues.

Laser Therapy Treatment

What does laser light therapy do?

Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) is a fast-growing technology used to treat a multitude of conditions that require stimulation of healing, relief of pain and inflammation.

When treating acute conditions with laser therapy, it is particularly effective when it is administered as soon as possible following injury. Laser Therapy is used most with chronic conditions to help combat persistent pain and inflammation. Laser Therapy promotes faster wound healing: “Laser light stimulates collagen, which is important in the wound healing of damaged tissues. Collagen is the protein required to replace old tissue or to repair injuries. As a result, the laser can be effective on open wounds and burns.

What does laser therapy feel like?

Patients may feel slight tingling sensation brought on by the increased blood flow to the area being treated. The laser produces no heat, no burning sensation or warmth from the device. Low-Level Lasers are sometimes referred to as Cold Lasers or Soft Lasers.

Cold Laser Therapy Pain Management Treatment. Cold Laser Therapy or Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and is thought to help accelerate the healing process.

When considering any pain management treatment, it is always in your best interests to consult your health practitioner before undergoing therapy.

 Reference: Healthline