Chronic Pain - Treatment Overview
Medicines or a combination of medicines and other therapies may be used
to relieve pain,
inflammation, depression, and sleeping problems that
are linked to chronic pain. For more information on the medicines most often used
to treat chronic pain, see Medications.
If you continue to experience chronic pain, you may
- Referred to one or more doctors who
specialize in rehabilitation and pain management (such as an
neurologist, or a
- Offered electrical stimulation therapies (such as
TENS), which seem to decrease the feeling of pain for
- Given injection therapy (such as
corticosteroids), which can sometimes reduce nerve
pain or pain and inflammation.
For some people,
complementary therapies can help reduce chronic pain. For more information on complementary therapies used to treat chronic pain, see Other Treatment.
The best approach is usually a combination of treatments. If one
treatment has stopped working, another treatment or combination of treatments
may help reduce your pain. Try to stay ahead of the pain: don't wait until your
pain is severe to begin treatment.
Treatment if the condition gets worse
chronic pain is not relieved after you have tried
numerous treatments, you may want to think about going to a
pain management clinic. Treatment is provided by a team of doctors who work
together to address all the factors that may cause your chronic pain.
Treatments that are commonly used for prolonged chronic pain
You may also wish to consider surgical options for
relieving chronic pain. For more information on the types of surgery used to treat chronic pain, see Surgery.
What To Think About
Your chronic pain may improve
more if you have a combination of treatments at the same time.
is important to find a doctor with whom you feel comfortable, and to keep in
regular contact with this doctor. If your doctor is unable to provide effective
treatment to reduce your pain, ask about a referral to a
pain management clinic. There, a team of doctors can help you set realistic
expectations and identify treatment choices.