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Which Treatment Is The Best For Pain Management

Because lots of people can’t bear the ache, to treat the pain management, they often use some medicines. But sometimes they have nothing at all. We have moved beyond electric fish to other treatments that can alleviate or reduce pain. Here’s our overview of some common pain management treatments and the conditions for which they work best.

Acetaminophen
Found in more than 600 prescription and over-the-counter products, medicine such as Tylenol and its generic versions are among the most often used drugs in the U.S. Acetaminophen isn’t as effective at relieving pain as drugs like ibuprofen (Advil and generic) or naproxen (Aleve and generic), according to an analysis by Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. But it won’t put you at risk for stomach bleeding and a heart attack or stroke the way those two drugs do. In fact, it’s easier on the gut and is a good option for those who suffer from acid reflux or ulcers. But its overuse is the leading cause of liver damage, sending almost 80,000 people per year to an ER. That can happen if you take only slightly more than the Food and Drug Administration’s maximum recommended dose of 4,000 mg in a 24-hour period, and is especially worrisome if you’re a heavy drinker or if you have liver disease. Our medical experts say limit use to no more than 3,250 mg within 24 hours.  Best treatment for Pain Management  03

Acupuncture
Legend has it that in 200 B.C., a Chinese soldier shot with an arrow noticed a “good” side effect: His pain from a previous injury disappeared. But acupuncture’s exact origins remain a mystery. And there’s still uncertainty about its ability to treat pain. Some evidence suggests that it can ease lower back, neck, and knee pain, and reduce the frequency of headaches and migraines. Multiple studies have compared real acupuncture, in which thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body, with sham acupuncture, in which the needles don’t break the skin or are inserted in random spots on the body. A few studies have suggested that real acupuncture was sometimes slightly better, but many found that the sham procedure was just as effective, and both were more effective than no treatment at all. This pain management treatment should be done only by a licensed practitioner who uses sterile needles.Best treatment for Pain Management

Glucosamine and Chondroitin
These popular supplements, often used in combination, are said to help protect cartilage and ease joint pain and swelling. But there’s little evidence that they ease arthritis pain or improve joint function. And they could pose risks, including increased blood glucose (sugar) levels. Other side effects can include a heightened risk of bleeding when taken with blood thinners, worsening high blood pressure, or possibly triggering abnormal heart rhythms. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons doesn’t recommend glucosamine or chondroitin.

Biofeedback
The theory is that you can control pain by using such techniques as deep breathing or muscle relaxation to consciously control or monitor otherwise involuntary bodily functions such as heart rate, skin temperature, muscle tension, or blood pressure. The jury is still out on whether biofeedback works, though experts think it might help people by simply teaching them how to relax. And several large reviews have found it works best for conditions sometimes brought on by stress, such as backaches, migraines, and tension headaches. One advantage is that biofeedback is generally free of risks and side effects.Best treatment for Pain Management  02

Botox Injections
At very low doses, this powerful natural toxin temporarily blocks nerve signals and paralyzes muscles, preventing them from contracting. The treatment is FDA-approved to help prevent migraines in people who have 15 or more each month. It requires undergoing up to 31 injections in different areas of the head and neck every three months. But studies have found that the results are modest. People getting Botox shots had one or two fewer headache-days per month than those getting placebo injections. Some doctors also treat tension headaches and less frequent migraines with Botox, but the American Academy of Neurology doesn’t recommend it for those cases because large-scale studies show it doesn’t help.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Several large studies show that CBT can help prevent migraines and neck pain, and ease chronic low back pain. This form of psychological counseling, or talk therapy—combined with behavior changes—helps ease pain by teaching coping and relaxation skills. Most important is instruction on how to short-circuit negative thoughts, which can intensify pain sensations. Negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, and fear stimulate chemicals in the brain involved in pain perception, so reducing them not only helps you feel better mentally but also helps you hurt less.

Posted by: Dr.Health

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