Patients who suffer from chronic pain conditions are constantly battling pain. Some days are bearable, and others are filled with excruciating (sometimes debilitating) pain. The most frustrating thing about many chronic pain conditions is that they are difficult to treat in the long run. When you stub your toe it hurts for a few days or weeks and then gets better. Chronic pain does not act that way. Even with time and treatments, chronic pain keeps coming back. In this article, we are going to talk a little bit about what to do when your pain treatments are becoming less and less effective.
Chronic Pain Treatments
- Pain medication
- Injections (trigger point, nerve blocks, steroidal, PRP, prolotherapy, etc.)
- Physical therapy
For chronic pain sufferers, these treatment techniques often provide pain relief in the short-term, only to have the pain return. This is especially true of pain medications and injections. Most chronic pain patients need to have injections or re-up their prescriptions on a routine basis to keep up with the pain. The specific time between needed injections varies by patient. To make matters even more complicated, sometimes certain treatments can become less effective over time, providing shorter periods of relief to the patient after each treatment. What should you do if this happens to you?
A Constant Battle
Reducing chronic pain is a constant battle. Sometimes your body adapts and treatments that previously worked well, no longer have the same effect. When that happens, it’s essential to have a skilled pain physician by your side who can recommend treatment options that fit your needs.
At Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN, our pain management physicians are versed in the latest pain care techniques. We have been helping Minnesotans in pain for the past two decades and have the experience needed to provide the care you need and deserve. Contact our Edina pain clinic today to schedule your appointment and get back to living a pain-free life.