Pain Management & Pain Doctors
Although pain is a troublesome condition, it can serve many benefits to the human body. Pain allows the body to release chemicals required for healthy healing, is a warning sign of a medical condition and tells us when our body is being pushed past its limits. The pain doctors at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, proudly serving the greater Tyler, Texas area, specialize in pain management treatments designed to alleviate symptoms associated with a patient’s injury or medical condition and return them to a full recovery.
What to Know About Pain
Feeling pain is the body’s response to a medical condition, a sports injury, a fall or touching a hot object. Pain Recovery Center of Tyler shares several interesting facts on pain and the body’s response.
- Pain does not exist until the brain determines it does. Special nerves within the brain known as “pain fibers” direct an output of pain to tissues that may be in danger of an injury or disease. The body uses the pain signals to act as a defense against the injury or health condition.
- Pain is not the same in all patients. All patients experience pain differently. Some may experience a paper cut and feel great pain, while others may experience a broken bone with limited pain.
- There is no accurate pain tolerance test. At this time, pain doctors have no accurate way to measure or compare pain tolerance from patient to patient.
- Certain factors can worsen pain. It is proven stress, anxiety and depression can worsen pain level in many patients. It is important patients try to manage these factors while the body is healing.
- Pain may not always be determined by diagnostic tests alone. Diagnostic testing is an exceptional tool for determining the cause of pain but certain results may not always lead to the true cause of pain. Pain doctors are highly trained and experienced to use diagnostic test results as only a portion of the diagnosis.
Common Pain Management Treatments
Pain is usually addressed by first treating the cause of pain, such as starting an antibiotic to fight an infection, casting a fracture or stitching a cut. Pain management treatments then begin to alleviate pain level and help patients recover more comfortably.
Common treatments include anti-inflammatory medications, pain management injections, modified activities, rest, ice/heat and a physical therapy program aimed at alleviating pain and returning patients to normal activities.
It is important to note pain medications, such as narcotics, are never the only pain management treatment. Masking the pain does not allow the body to heal properly. Patients must follow all guidelines when taking pain medications so a happy medium can occur – patients need to feel alleviated pain in order to function throughout the day, but not too much medication where pain is completely masked and patients do not know if the body is healing.
If you are experiencing pain and would like more information on pain management treatments, please contact the pain doctors at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler located in Tyler, Texas.