Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that tells you something may be wrong in your body. Your spinal cord and nerves provide the pathway for messages to travel to and from your brain and the other parts of your body. Pain medicine and non-drug pain treatments block these messages or reduce their effect on your brain. Although pain can protect us by forcing us to rest an injury or to stop doing something, the experience of being in a state of uncontrolled pain is horrible, frightening, and can have a profound effect on our quality of life.
When a person is in pain, their stress levels tend to be high. The blood pressure rises and the body enters a state of distress. With a proper pain management treatment plan, the stress and frustration can be alleviated. While there still may be some discomfort, the patient will work to regain their range of motion and increase their mobility. The more they are able to participate in physical activity, the better they will feel. In some cases, just the act of becoming mobile again can alleviate much of the stress associated with an injury.
Proper pain management techniques can control pain and allow the patient to be comfortable. The patient will be asked to resume various activities at a gradual pace. This will reduce pain as the person is healing, with the hopes of slowly working things back into shape.
With proper pain management, the patient will be able to notice the difference in pain levels as they begin to exercise without feeling uncomfortable. For many patients, control is the key. They want to regain control of their lives. This means they want to play an active role in how they resume their level of activities and how their pain is managed.
Patients who play an active role in the development of their treatment plans are often more likely to resume physical activity much quicker and attempt to regain their range of motion and improve their mobility at a much faster pace. Regaining control and understanding the levels of pain you feel is just one step towards not letting your pain control your life.
To learn more about the importance of pain management, call Lynx Healthcare at (509) 591-0070 or at (509) 321-4575 to request an appointment.