Ways to Manage Pain Without Medication
If you’re in pain, whether it’s chronic or acute, you need some way of managing that pain. Many people simply turn to medication, but that’s not the best option for long-term pain management. Instead, there are a number of other ways you can manage your pain. Here are a few that may work for you. Of course, you’ll want to discuss these options with your doctor to make certain they will be effective and appropriate for the medical condition you’re dealing with.
In some cases, simply stretching or building up muscle in certain parts of your body can relieve some of the pain you’re in. You may need to work your muscles regularly to prevent them from getting stiff and sore. While you certainly don’t want to over-work your body, some light exercise can help with many different conditions. A physical therapist can help you build up the right muscles and teach you what exercises you can safely do to manage your pain without hurting yourself further.
If you have back or neck pain, visiting a chiropractor regularly may help. These experts can realign your spine. This can help relieve the pressure put on pinched nerves or muscles that are being pressed upon.
Ice and Heat
Applying ice or heat, depending on the type of injury, can help restore mobility and decrease pain. This is obviously a temporary way of managing your pain that will need to be repeated regularly, but it can work to help deal with the pain until you can treat it with a different method.
If you tend to hurt only when you overdo it, resting may be the best option. While it’s not always easy to rest when you’re in pain, it often helps. You may want to combine resting with ice or heat to help you get to sleep or rest more comfortably. You may also need to plan for a day or two every week to rest by reducing your physical activities for those days.
Work with an Expert in Pain Management
Before you do anything, you need to talk to a pain management expert. Here at Maximum Orthopedics, we can determine the cause of your pain and work with you to manage it without medication. Contact us today to learn more.
- Posted on: May 29 2020