While surgery is sometimes the best action to treat an injury or medical condition causing chronic pain, it’s generally considered a last resort for extreme cases where other treatment options have failed or stopped working over time. Depending on the cause and severity, nonsurgical treatments are often the best way to manage and alleviate chronic pain symptoms and improve your health and lifestyle.
Our team of pain management specialists at Republic Spine and Pain offers a range of treatment options designed specifically for your needs. We have offices in three convenient locations, including Austin, Leander, and Georgetown, Texas.
4 nonsurgical ways to manage your chronic pain
While surgery is sometimes necessary or the best option to treat certain types of injuries and conditions that result in chronic pain, the most common treatments for chronic pain are usually nonsurgical.
The pain management treatment plan that works best for you depends on a series of variables, including the pain’s intensity, your age and overall health profile, medical history, whether you have secondary health challenges, and the underlying cause of your chronic pain.
Our team of pain management doctors and specialists at Republic Spine and Pain offers a variety of nonsurgical pain management treatments to address the root cause of your chronic pain.
Here’s a list of four common nonsurgical treatments:
Pain medication includes over-the-counter pain relievers to prescription pain medication. Over-the-counter options usually provide short- and medium-term relief for mild to moderate pain. If you have moderate to severe pain, a prescription medication may be more effective.
2. Physical therapy
Physical therapy is a comprehensive treatment designed to relieve pain symptoms and improve flexibility, range of motion, and mobility after an injury or debilitating condition like osteoarthritis.
3. Trigger point injections
Some types of chronic pain are caused by knots or “trigger points” in a muscle group, usually in the neck, shoulders, and back. Trigger point injections consist of anesthetic and steroid solutions applied directly into the trigger point to provide pain relief and reduce inflammation.
4. Radiofrequency ablation
Radiofrequency ablation is another nonsurgical treatment for pain. It uses radio waves (which emit heat) to prevent a group of nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. It’s an outpatient procedure, and the radio waves are delivered using small needles. Anesthesia is available to minimize any discomfort during the treatment, which usually takes a few minutes per session.
Depending on your situation, our team will recommend some combination of medication, physical therapy, and nonsurgical treatments to manage your pain. When experiencing chronic pain, some treatments may lose effectiveness over time.
But that doesn’t mean that you’re stuck living with pain. There are many treatment options available to help you feel as healthy and active as possible, and you should never ignore or accept chronic pain as a “normal” way of life. We offer interventional pain management plans designed specifically for your needs.
For more information about the pain management solutions available at Republic Spine and Pain, contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of three convenient locations in Austin, Leander, and Georgetown, Texas.