There are a lot of different treatment options for a patient to consider when experiencing pain. Because of this, patients can find it difficult to make an informed decision about which treatment option is best for them. In this article, we are going to tackle a contentious debate: physical therapy vs. pain injections. Which treatment option is better?
Physical Therapy vs. Injections
Physical therapy exercises are commonly used to help patients recover from painful injuries, conditions, and surgery. A strategic physical therapy routine can help reduce chronic pain and help a patient regain lost mobility.
There are a variety of injections that can be used to treat all sorts of pain conditions, including nerve block injections, corticosteroid injections, and PRP injections. Pain injections can be used to treat a wide array of conditions and injuries, such as:
- Arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis
- Nerve pain throughout the body
- Tendon tears like ACL & MCL injuries
Choosing the Right Treatment Option
So which treatment option is better – physical therapy or injections? As with most things in life, there is no black and white answer. Every patient experiences pain differently – even if they are suffering from the same injury or condition. As a result, what works for one person may be ineffective for another. All treatment decisions need to be made on a case-by-case basis. Often the two treatment methods will be used in tandem for the greatest impact.
That’s where a skilled pain management specialist comes in. A pain doctor can fully examine and diagnose your pain, and recommend the most effective treatment methods for your unique situation. Contact Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of Minnesota today to schedule your appointment with one of our providers. No matter what your condition, we can help you find options for pain relief.