Pain Management

Pain ManagementIf you have a chronic medical condition that causes moderate to severe pain, talk to your primary care physician about techniques you can use to manage the pain and get more enjoyment out of life. Your doctor can help you identify natural pain killers and access comprehensive pain management services that will help you keep your pain under control.

Types of Pain

There are two major types of pain that can affect your body. Although they both produce similar effects, they have different sources. Nociceptive pain occurs when you sustain some sort of injury. The nervous system is working properly, so it sends signals to your brain to make you aware of the problem. Neuropathic pain occurs when your nervous system does not work properly. There is no illness or injury present, but you feel pain because because your nerves tell your brain that you are hurting. Both types of pain can limit your activities and make it difficult to do the things you enjoy, and you’ll need comprehensive pain management to keep them under control. Your doctor will perform a physical examination to try and identify the cause of your pain.

Radicular Pain

Radicular pain is a type of nociceptive pain that occurs when something irritates the roots of your nerves. This type of pain is often linked to a condition called radiculopathy, which causes weakness, tingling, and numbness.

Somatic Pain

Somatic pain is also a type of nociceptive pain. This type of pain affects areas like the thighs and the back. If you continue to experience back pain after treatment, the pain may be coming from your discs or facet joints. The sacroiliac joint, or the joint that helps transfer weight from your torso to your legs, is also a potential source of somatic pain and can be treated with a comprehensive pain management program.

Types of Neuropathic Pain

There are several types of neuropathic pain. They include fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and interstitial cystitis. These conditions are difficult to treat, so we often concentrate on management of the improper nerve functioning. Medications are a good first step in treating neuropathic pain. Some medicines change the way your body handles pain so you experience less discomfort. A spinal cord stimulator is another good tool for treating neuropathic pain. The stimulator delivers electrical energy to the spine so the spinal cord can function normally. It works by interrupting pain signals from the brain.

Causes of Pain

Broken bones, fractures, sprains, strains, and other injuries are common causes of pain. There are also several medical conditions that can cause moderate to severe pain. They include plantar fasciitis, torticollis, cancer, post-herpetic  neuralgia, lateral epicondylitis, coccydynia, and piriformis syndrome. If you have any of these conditions, talk to your primary care doctor about a comprehensive pain management program to control your symptoms.

Headaches

If you have frequent headaches, you may find it difficult to stay productive at work or at home. Persistent headaches can interfere with your life, so discuss your concerns with your doctor. Biofeedback, prescription medications, and Botox injections are just some of the tools available for treating severe headaches.

Compassionate Approach

We want you to feel your best at all times, so the doctors at Chapel Hill Primary Care will gladly listen to your concerns and refer you to a compassionate pain management specialist. Your primary care provider will also coordinate your care with other specialists, making it easy for you to control your pain and do the things you love.