Which Pain Management Technique Is Best for Arthritis?
Arthritis is a health condition that affects your joints. It’s disabling in nature and causes untold pain. The following are types of arthritis:
- Childhood arthritis
- Osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (the most common reason for severe joint inflammation)
- Ankylosing spondylitis (inflammatory arthritis of the spine)
- Musculoskeletal pain and disability
Arthritis pain can be acute: short term, or chronic: long term. The pain ranging from mild to severe. Chronic pain affects your physical, social, psychological and emotional well being. Chronic pain interferes with your quality of life.
What Pain Management Technique Works Best?
Pain management doctors look at all comprehensive treatments, including alternative plans, to manage your arthritis pain. After which, they come up with a plan, the best method for managing your pain. Your treatment plan couldinclude one or more pain management techniques. Let’s look at what that might include.
Pain Medication: usually the first line of defense to control your arthritis pain. There are a number of medications used, including over-the-counter medication and prescription medication. Prescription medication could include analgesic pain relievers, narcotics, and Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug are anti-inflammatory in nature.
Massage: relieves your arthritic pain and soothe your sore muscles by relaxing your muscles and increasing your circulation. It also reduces inflammation and swelling.
Hydrotherapy (Warm Water Therapy): reduces the arthritis stiffness and pain.
Rest: pain can indicate that your joints need rest, after overuse or exercise. You should always listen to your body. During periods of rest, inflammation will go down. However, too much rest is counterproductive. Hence, you need to find balance.
Exercise: when done in moderation, it reduces pain. Always talk to your Pain Management team before starting any exercises so as not to re-injure yourself. The type of exercises you are given will depend on your mobility, swelling, type of arthritis, etc. Always start a new exercise slowly.
Meditation: such as deep breathing or creative imagery. Meditation can be used to ease your muscle tension and reduce your muscle fatigue. This type of relaxation can help to reduce sleep problems, stress, anxiety and depression.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS): uses low voltage to stimulate the nerves, blocking pain signals reaching the brain. This is used mainly for those who have chronic arthritis pain.
Surgery: used to eliminate joint pain but the last resort.
The right pain management technique or techniques for your arthritis should be determined with the help of your pain management team.