Identifying the Problem and Treating It Directly
Managing our pain is a part of our agenda in one form or another. Whether it’s keeping a bottle of pain relievers on our nightstand or scheduling regular chiropractic appointments, pain management has worked its way into our daily lives. Our patients always have some kind of pain that they are dealing with, and come to us for a plan of treatment that is effective in reducing the symptoms. At Body of Beverly Hills Wellness in Los Angeles, we strive to not only identify the source of the pain, but to come up with a plan of treatment that will help our patients return to their daily lives without having to constantly work around their pain. Our mission is to improve our patient’s quality of life by combining advanced treatments and comprehensive management and understanding of the pain. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.
What is Pain Management?
Depending on the cause of the pain, pain management can be simple or complex. Sometimes pain doesn’t go away, and when this happens, it is necessary to create a plan that incorporates a wide variety of skills and techniques to treat the pain, which can include:
- Interventional procedures
- Medication management
- Physical therapy or chiropractic therapy
- Acupuncture and alternative therapies
Because everyone is different, has different pain, and experiences that pain differently, courses of treatment will vary just as uniquely. It is important to consider the history of the pain, the intensity and duration, and the aggravating and relieving conditions, and other structures involved in causing the pain. When you come to Body of Beverly Hills Wellness, we will assess your pain, identify the source, and come up with a unique plan of treatment that will restore your quality of life and help you take back control over your life.
Types of Pain
While your pain can come from any source, there are basic types of pain that will help us narrow down the kind of treatment you need. One way of dividing the kind of pain you may be experiencing is dividing it into one of two groups: nociceptive pain and neuropathic pain.
Nociceptive Pain – This kind of pain, which can be illustrated as a cut or a broken bone, is defined as an injury that initiates signals between the peripheral nerves to the brain via the spinal cord. Pain signals are modulated throughout the pathways, which is how we know that something is hurting. From here, nociceptive pain can be divided into two parts: radicular and somatic.
Somatic pain is limited to the back or thighs and can be caused by three structures in the back: facet joints, discs, and the sacroiliac joint. The facet joints are small joints that provide stability and limit how far you can bend or twist. The discs are the shock absorbers and are located between each vertebra of the spine. The sacroiliac joint lives in the buttocks area and helps us walk and transfer weight from the upper body onto the legs.
Radicular pain stems from irritation from the nerve roots. Weakness, numbness, and a loss of reflexes in the nerve is associated with this kind of pain.
Neuropathic Pain – This kind of pain is caused by damage to nerves, and affects the nervous system. In this case, there may be no obvious source, and it can occur spontaneously. Some forms of this kind of pain include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Complex regional pain syndrome
There are various forms of treatment when it comes to pain management, as some forms of pain can be difficult to treat. Some forms of pain more require a combination of treatments, and some type of pain may never go away and can only be made less intense. If you are suffering from pain and are looking for treatment options, then contact Body of Beverly Hills Wellness today. We want to be apart of your pain treatment solution.