Sadly, once a person has a certain painful condition it can become chronic. This often occurs following the trauma of a whiplash for example. The person initially has an acute injury causing pain, and depending on the type of care, the injury and even the person they may become totally pain free or develop chronic pain. In its severest form, chronic pain can lead to allodynia which is when a person senses pain even with a normal touch to the affected area.
There are many things available to the doctor when they are trying to manage chronic pain. Modalities include the following:
- Nerve Block
- Electric Muscle Stimulation
In addition, there are self treatments that may be effective in managing your chronic pain. These include:
- Topical Analgesics – CryoDerm and Sombra are two American made topical analgesics that can help alleviate painful joints and muscles.
- Natural Muscle Relaxants – Relax Already is a natural muscle relaxer that may help alleviate the pain from spasm, tension and also reduce the effects of stress.
- Mindful Meditation – there are varying techniques but the most common one involves laying in a quiet room and being aware of your breathing.
- Exercise – before you begin an exercise program, check with your doctor. But, exercise may help reduce chronic pain and strengthen weak muscles and joints.
- Hot packs – may be helpful when applied to tight muscles.
- Ice packs – usually used right after an injury. Helps reduce swelling and pain. May help with headache when applied to the back of the neck or forehead.
Don’t give up hope. If you are in pain, it is imperative you get properly diagnosed by a doctor who specializes in pain management.