Chronic pain is the number one cause of adult disability in the United States, affecting 50 million people. Back pain causes the most cases, and 84% of adults in America will experience chronic back pain at some point in their lives. The team at Ormond Internal Medicine in Ormond Beach, Florida, led by internal medicine physician Gail van Diepen, DO, uses a combination of conventional medicine and healing and wellness practices to address chronic pain relief. Schedule a consultation through their website or by phone and see how they can help you.
There are two different types of pain: acute pain and chronic pain.
Acute pain is what you feel when you hurt yourself or become ill, and it usually lasts for a limited time. It’s a form of nociceptive pain, which is a nervous system response to stop an action that could severely harm the body. That’s why it hurts when moving after surgery or when touching a hot surface.
Chronic pain is a disease in itself. It’s an ongoing pain that causes additional health issues, and people can experience one or more chronic pain conditions at the same time. It’s usually incurable and instead needs managing for the rest of your life.
Different types of pain require different methods of treatment and care. The team at Ormond Internal Medicine designs individualized pain-relief plans tailored to each patient. Book a consultation today to discuss the best route for you.
Conventional chronic pain relief uses medication to address the pain source directly.
Pharmacies sell oral medicines that relieve milder pain and inflammation, and topical pain relievers such as creams or sprays applied directly to where it hurts.
Physicians can prescribe stronger medications, including painkillers, muscle relaxants, corticosteroids, and antidepressants.
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machines use electrical pulses to “scramble” pain signals before they reach the brain.
Bioelectric therapy blocks pain messages to the brain and triggers the body to release endorphins, which are natural pain blockers.
Many conventional pain relievers are only safe if used for a short time to prevent long-term health issues. Consult your provider at Ormond Internal Medicine for advice on how to use them.
For people keen to explore non-medicated pain relief options, a vast number of complementary and alternative (CAM) options seek to treat the body as a whole, not just the isolated area of pain. Methods include:
Ormond Internal Medicine uses integrative medicine techniques. They treat the body as a whole and combine conventional medicine with therapeutic and wellness practices to offer treatment programs tailored to each patient. Call today or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.