Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain in Seymour & Jeffersonville, IN

Left untreated, chronic pain may negatively impact your life in many ways; mentally, physically and emotionally.  Suffering with chronic pain can lead to depression and anxiety. Pain may lead to inactivity and weight gain.  You may also experience an increase in blood pressure and put added stress on your heart.

Causes of Chronic Pain

There are a few factors that can lead to chronic pain, including:

  • Illness and disease
  • Trauma from an accident or injury
  • Overuse from sports or your workplace
  • Poor posture and improper body mechanics

Steps You Can Take at Home for Chronic Pain

You can try some simple home remedies to get relief from mild chronic pain. You can try:

  • Applying ice or heat to the painful area daily
  • Gently stretching the painful area to relieve stiffness and maintain range-of-motion
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications

When To See Your Interventional Pain Management Doctor for Chronic Pain:

Consider making an appointment with your interventional pain management doctor if you:

  • Can’t sleep because of pain
  • Are canceling events because of pain
  • Are taking excessive amounts of over-the-counter pain medications
  • Are unable to relieve pain with your medication
  • Can’t move well because of pain
  • Have pain that has lasted for more than three months

What To Expect During Your First Consultation

When you first visit your interventional pain management doctor, your doctor will perform a comprehensive medical examination and make a record of your symptoms, including date of onset, their severity, and how long your symptoms last.

How Your Interventional Pain Management Doctor Can Help With Chronic Pain

Your interventional pain management doctor will develop a treatment plan designed to help reduce or eliminate your pain and:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve your quality of life

Professional pain management options your doctor may recommend include:

  • Medications to relieve pain and inflammation, including corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory medications, and others
  • Transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS) to relax muscle tension and ease pain
  • Injection therapy, to reduce swelling, or block nerves and limit pain sensation

For severe chronic pain, your interventional pain management doctor may recommend an implantable device to deliver medication or perform other functions for pain reduction. Surgery may also be indicated as a treatment, depending on what is causing your chronic pain. Your interventional pain management doctor can discuss this option with you.

You can get relief from chronic pain. To find out more about treatment and management of chronic pain, call Dr. Anthony Alexander at The Pain Medicine & Rehabilitation Center with offices in both Seymour and Jeffersonville, IN. Don’t wait to get the help you need, call (812) 523-3700 to schedule a consultation.

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