The nonsurgical pain management treatments available for chronic pain are as diverse as the causes. From over-the-counter and prescription drugs to mind/body techniques to acupuncture, there are a lot of approaches. But when it comes to treating chronic pain, no single technique is guaranteed to produce complete pain relief. Relief may be found by using a combination of treatment options.
Treatment options may include:
- Over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
- Prescription pain medication
- Trigger point injections
- Physical Therapy
- Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, and osteopathic manipulation
The term ”alternative therapy” generally is used to describe any medical treatment or intervention that is used in place of conventional medicine. When alternative therapies are used in conjunction with conventional medicine, complementary medicine is used. Alternative therapy encompasses a variety of disciplines, including acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic treatment, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, massage, and many others.
In the past decade, strong evidence has been gathered for the benefits of mind-body therapies, acupuncture, and some nutritional supplements for treating pain. Other alternative therapies such as massage, chiropractic therapies, therapeutic touch, certain herbal therapies, and dietary approaches have the potential to alleviate pain in some cases.
Pain Management Therapy webmd.com
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The above information is for general education purposes only. Please ask your doctor specific questions during your visit.