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Another means of topical pain relief comes in the form of a lidocaine (Lidoderm) patch, which is a prescription medication.

If your pain is not relieved by the usual treatments, your doctor may refer you to a pain management specialist. Doctors who specialize in pain management may try other treatments such as certain types of physical therapy or other kinds of medicine. They may also recommend TENS, a procedure that uses patches placed on the skin to send signals that may help stop pain.

Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) is a method of pain control that allows the patient to control the amount of pain medication administered. This is often used in the hospital to treat pain. By pushing a button on a computerized pump, the patient receives a pre-measured dose of pain medicine. The pump is connected to a small tube that allows medicine to be injected intravenously (into a vein), subcutaneously (just under the skin), or into the spinal area.

From: Pain Medications WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Arthritis Today. American Family Physician. U.S. National Library of Medicine. UpToDate.

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SOURCES: Arthritis Today. American Family Physician. U.S. National Library of Medicine. UpToDate.

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