Learn various ways you can manage chronic pain.

Living with pain can change a person's life. Even the simplest, everyday activity can take longer or seem impossible due to the resulting pain and discomfort. Individuals suffering from chronic pain often avoid many favorite activities and social situations since pain can limit most actions. Pain that affects a person's life this way can result in deep depression and a significantly reduced quality of life.

What can a chronic pain sufferer do to manage the condition? Here are some important tips:

1. Seek medical help. You should not have to live with chronic pain. Be sure to seek advice and assistance from medical professionals. Your physician will help find the root cause of your pain. Once the source of the pain is determined, then a plan to reduce or end that pain can be created. A combination of techniques may or may not work best depending on your particular diagnosis.

2. Discuss medications with your physician. While pain medication will not cure the cause of the pain, it can ease pain in your daily routine while you and your physician work to find a way to treat the cause. Over the counter (OTC) medications may be all that you need, or your physician could prescribe a medication. Whether it is an OTC or prescription drug, be sure to follow dosage instructions carefully.

3. Discuss the benefits of physical therapy. You may think that moving more would cause your body more pain. However, many causes of pain can be significantly relieved under the careful guidance of a physical therapist. There are therapies for a number of medical conditions, some of which may surprise you, so be sure to discuss this option with your physician.

4. Consider other non-medicated pain relief options. Relaxation techniques, biofeedback, acupuncture, meditation and other specialized therapies may be very successful ways to manage your pain.

Would you like to read more about our suggestions for pain management? Visit our online Health Library here. If you would like to meet with a North Hills Hospital physician or physical therapist, we recommend that you call us for a referral today at 1-855-5NHILLS. No one should have to live with chronic pain and we are here to help you find immediate relief.

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