If you’ve ever experienced chronic pain, you know the effects go beyond hurtful physical sensations and ongoing discomfort. Unrelieved pain can negatively impact your life in every way – physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. It can negatively affect your health in other ways as well.
If you suffer from chronic pain, know that you’re not alone – pain is the number one reason people seek medical care. This is why it is so important to speak with your physician about managing your pain so you can address the symptoms and enjoy a higher quality of life.
Care is typically managed in coordination with your primary care physician. But if you are managing pain along with other injuries or illnesses, your care can become increasingly complicated. In that case, your care may be provided in a healthcare facility or monitored through a home care agency. Your physician at each level will work with you and your loved ones to design a treatment plan specific to your needs. The goals of pain management treatment are to:
- Determine the source and symptoms of pain
- Effectively manage the symptoms and complications of acute and chronic pain
- Provide clear and easy-to-understand instruction regarding non-prescription based management strategies
- Teach guided imagery and relaxation techniques to manage pain, stress and anxiety and aid in relaxation and decreased muscle tension
- Offer restorative therapy to help you regain independence to complete daily activities
- Improve quality of life, socialization and quality of sleep
Your treatment plan could include:
- Physical therapy—strengthening and mobility exercises, along with applying hot or cold packs and doing breathing exercises, can help control pain and improve physical function
- Relaxation techniques—stress and tension can make pain worse, so using these techniques can help relieve any stress caused by anxiety
- Massage therapy—research shows massage has both mental and physical benefits on chronic pain, including increased relaxation and a smaller perception of pain, fewer muscle spasms or cramps and decreased symptoms overall
- Medication or ointment—in severe cases where other interventions cannot provide relief, medications or skin ointments can be prescribed and could include anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications, prescription pain pills or steroids
- Alternative treatments—when other routes do not provide relief, your doctor may suggest acupressure, acupuncture, electrotherapy, or guided imagery and relaxation techniques
- Palliative care—this holistic care approach helps manage physical, emotional, social and spiritual suffering related to chronic or terminal diseases and conditions, with a higher quality of life as the main goal
At Kindred, we work with you to determine the source and symptoms of your pain, and then we work with your physician to design a care plan to help effectively manage your condition. Our goal is to reduce the effects of pain so you can achieve maximum return of function.
We offer pain management in the following care settings: