Pain Management Questions and Answers
When you get an injury, the pain can last for a few days, a few weeks, or even months or years depending on the severity. At your consultation at Sunset Hills Family Practice, we examine the injury. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online.
What is pain management?
When you get an injury, the pain can last for a few days, a few weeks, or even months or years depending on the severity. Without effective pain management, you might be unable to make certain movements or perform certain tasks.
At your consultation at Sunset Hills Family Practice, your provider examines the injury. If you don’t yet have a diagnosis, they might perform tests to identify the injury and learn about its severity.
Your provider also asks about your symptoms and the characteristics of your pain. Then, they create an individualized pain management plan to treat it.
When should I consider pain management?
Pain management is often necessary for musculoskeletal injuries, which can result in prolonged symptoms even after your initial injury treatment.
Musculoskeletal injuries can happen suddenly or develop over time and are often linked to repetitive motions you make at work or while playing sports. They can also happen in accidents, like car accidents, slips, and falls.
Pain management may be an option for you if you have:
- Joint injuries
- Cartilage tears
- Bone fractures
- Spinal injuries and conditions
- Muscle strains or tears
- Ligament sprains or tears
- Tendinitis or tendon injuries
In many cases, injuries like these heal well with or without professional care. However, pain management may be necessary if you struggle to perform certain tasks, if your pain affects your sleep, or if you depend on medications to ease your pain.
If your pain comes from an occupational injury, your physician can provide an exam for your workers’ compensation.
What does pain management involve?
At Sunset Hills Family Practice, the team uses several approaches for pain management. Your physician evaluates your pain before selecting appropriate treatments and services for your plan. Your pain management plan might include:
Steroid joint injections
Steroids work by easing inflammation. A steroid injection administered to an injured joint can help reduce swelling and the pain or pressure that comes from it. Steroid injections also include an anesthetic numbing agent for quick pain relief.
Your Sunset Hills Family Medicine provider might use their hands to rub and manipulate your soft tissues to promote circulation and ease your pain.
Your doctor might refer you to a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech therapist to help you regain your full range of motion and other abilities affected by your injury or condition.
If you get a sudden injury or develop one over time, don’t hesitate to call Sunset Hills Family Practice for comprehensive pain management or book an appointment online today. We serve patients from Henderson NV, Midway NV, Gibson Springs NV, Paradise Hills NV, and Winchester NV.