Pain affects everyone at some point in their lives, but for many, it lingers as chronic pain that causes daily aches and gets in the way of living.
For people who suffer pain in a car accident or accident at work, the effects can be even greater, as they face recovery from the accident’s trauma and the painful injuries it caused. As pain management doctors, we see the physical and mental impacts of pain every day and are fortunate to have a wide range of state of the art treatments to employ. Here are six techniques that can help painful conditions improve faster, often without any invasive procedure:
1. Heat or cold, cold or heat?
Whether it’s a cold pack or a heating pad, there are many ways to use cold and heat in treating pain. Different types of injuries react differently to temperature, so ask your pain physician to provide recommendations for your own specific condition. There are various cold and hot options for treatment, including ones that penetrate even deeper into the affected muscles.
When you’re laid up after being injured in an accident, the last thing on your mind may be getting up to exercise. But if your injuries permit you to stretch or walk, it’s important to continue doing so. Exercising increases your range of motion and mobility and can help to break the cycle of pain. Talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise, but consider even light movement as part of your recovery plan.
3. Get some help
Pain physicians and physical therapists know the body well and know how to help you get back on your feet faster. They can prepare an exercise or mobility routine catered to your physique and injury and help you build up strength quicker. If you do repetitive tasks at work, an occupational therapist can show you ways to do your daily activities without making your pain worse. Ask your pain management doctor for some referrals.
4. Take control of your body
After a car accident or work injury, it’s natural to feel a little “out of sorts.” The accident itself can be scary, and the reality of dealing with the injury can be daunting. All the while, your body and brain may be shooting off pain signals, which can feel overwhelming. It’s important to get pain care soon after an accident and take control of your body’s responses to the pain as much as possible. Meditation, deep breathing, and other techniques are very helpful in reducing post-accident stress and trauma and also in relieving some pain. Adding things like yoga to your daily routine can stretch and strengthen your muscles.
Getting a massage can seem like a luxury destined for the spa, but if you suffer pain in an accident, it’s a vital tool in your recovery. Professional massage removes some pain by working your muscles and helps to relieve anxiety and stress, too.
Pain doctors are experts in treating and relieving your pain, so see a specialist at your pain management clinic if you suffer an injury. Our team at Tri County Pain Management Centers focuses on helping victims recover from injuries in accidents and takes great pride in helping patients get back to a full range of motion…pain-free.
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