Pain Management at INPC: One-Stop Solution to Musculoskeletal Problems

Pain Management at INPC: One-Stop Solution to Musculoskeletal Problems

Understanding Pain

The INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF PAIN defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with or resembling that associated with actual or potential tissue damage”.

Pain often resolves by itself once the causative source is removed or healing takes place, people commonly treat the pain with over-the-counter pain medications, but when the pain persists for a long time and affects the individual’s quality of life impairing daily function and concentration leading to irritability, depression and anxiety, a person may need to seek medical treatment or physiotherapy to overcome the pain.

Types of Pain

No two people experience pain in the similar manner. Pain can be short-lived or can last for a lifetime, pain is often categorized into four types

1.Acute Pain.

This type of pain is sudden in onset and is usually short-lived, it is often associated with an injury like fracture, sprains, surgeries, cuts and bruises. They disappear once the body heals. They can often be treated with pain medications and in severe cases opioids. Applying hot and cold packs and physiotherapy have also proven to be beneficial in treating Acute Pain.

2.Chronic Pain

This type of pain lasts for a longer duration of time, usually for months together and some last a lifetime. Some chronic pains have a known cause, but some are of unknown etiology. Some common reasons for chronic pain are cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, backpain, neck pain. If left untreated these pains can be debilitating and negatively impact the quality of life.

3.Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain arises as a result of nerve damage. It can be as a result of cancer, diabetes, stroke and is characterized by a sharp, stabbing, burning or shooting pain, along with these sensations a person experiences a feeling of hot or cold in the affected area.

4.Nociceptive Pain

This type of pain is often due to the result of a tissue injury due to blunt force trauma such as falling, bumping or being hit, causing a feeling of throbbing or aching in the skin, tendons, joints or bones. Nociceptive pain usually disappears once the tissue heals and can be treated with over-the-counter medications, opioids and physiotherapy.

Different Types of Pain Management Medications.

Pain medications are beneficial in managing chronic and other forms of pain. Usually the first line of pain medications are over-the -counter drugs, as they are the safest and low in dosage. While using pain medications one should be aware of the possible side effects and drug interactions. One must always read the instructions before starting any medications.

Pain medications are basically two types.

Over The Counter

These medicines include ACETAMINOPHEN(Tylenol) and Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These are helpful in relieving pain caused by muscle aches and stiffness. While NSAIDs work by reducing the production of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that cause pain and inflammation, Acetaminophen works on parts of the brain that receive pain messages.

Topical pain relievers are also available in the form of creams, lotions and sprays that can be applied on the skin to relieve sore muscle pain in conditions like arthritis and muscle injuries.

Prescription Pain Relievers

These type of pain medications need to be prescribed by a doctor and are usually effective in treating severe and chronic pain.  Medicines that come under this category include

  • Corticosteroids
  • Opioids
  • Antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants
  • NSAIDs
  • Lidocaine Patches

Prescription medicines are strong and effective for severe pain, but if the pain is not relieved by the usual treatment with medications, your primary care physician may refer you to a pain management specialist. Doctors at a pain management center may try other treatments like physical therapy along with medications and other kinds of procedures to help relieve pain.

Goal of Pain Management at INPC

The goal of pain management at INPC is to provide a holistic approach and comprehensive care for patients who are suffering from chronic pain like arthritis, back pain, cancer and nerve damage. We aim to help improve the quality of life with patients suffering with chronic pain by formulating a patient-centric plan involving medication, physical therapy and lifestyle changes. Our goal is to help our patients regain as much as function possible by reducing the amount of pain through interventional therapies and surgeries. 

INPC’s Approach to Pain Management

Our pain management clinic in Indiana offers a wide range of services to effectively treat pain. We believe in a conservative and holistic approach to pain and try our best to manage pain without involving any surgical procedures. We offer the latest technologies to provide you with the best outcomes for your condition. Our pain management doctors are trained to treat you with a multidisciplinary approach by

  1. The first step to treat any kind of pain is through medications like anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants. We even offer physiotherapy at INPC which is still the most effective way to control pain and has better outcomes when the therapy is done along with exercises. Our specialists work together with our physical therapists to develop a comprehensive plan that is specifically tailored to the patient’s needs.
  • If the pain is not getting controlled by medications, we recommend certain advanced procedures like Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) or Viscosupplementation, interlaminar epidural steroid injections, medial branch block, facet joint injections, sympathetic nerve block and sacroiliac joint injections along with medications. RFA is most commonly used to treat chronic pain and involves delivering heat or chemical agents to the nerve to inhibit pain signals, it is usually used to treat chronic conditions like arthritis of the spine. Viscosupplementation is used to treat arthritis of the joints, where a lubricating fluid is injected into the joint to provide relief.
  • We help relieve severe and chronic pain at the level of the spinal cord by innovative spinal cord stimulation, electrodiagnostic testing and intrathecal pain pump therapy, as per requirement. Since the spinal cord is the primary center for pain sensation, these implants help in relieving chronic pain. These procedures are performed under sedation and under the care of an anesthetist.
  • Counselling therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps manage chronic pain by changing the way the mind reacts to physical discomfort, thereby helping to treat depression and anxiety often associated with chronic debilitating pain.

INPC also deals in medication management, a service not commonly provided by other pain management clinics. Our expert team of specialists at INPC hold expertise in performing electroencephalogram (EEG), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS).

Along with providing our patients with in-clinic services, INPC provides consultations via telecommunications to those patients who are unable to come for in-person appointments.

Assessment of Pain

Assessment of pain is done by taking the patients history and performing a detailed physical examination. In cases where the pain is chronic, the doctor may order laboratory or imaging tests to help narrow the cause for pain. Upon reaching a diagnosis, the patient maybe prescribed certain medications like analgesics, anti-inflammatories or steroids that help in relieving pain. Often the treatment plan may include physical therapy and massage therapy along with medications. Our pain management clinics offer a compassionate environment where patients can receive the best care possible for their pain.

About Us

 At Indiana Neurology and Pain, we provide a comprehensive, multifaced approach to treat all our patients. No matter what type of pain you are in our team of specialists are here to address your needs and deliver the highest level of patient satisfaction. We are a multispecialty pain management/treatment facility devoted to helping people. We strive to remain the forefront of the pain management specialty. We have helped thousands of people with back. Pain, cancer pain, and other forms of chronic pain find the right treatment solution. If you are having trouble finding the right pain specialist for treatment call INPC at 317-348-3622 or visit our website to book your consultation at “pain management near me”.

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