Chronic pain is pain that persists longer than the usual healing time; pain that hangs around way after the typical recovery period. In this video, spine surgeon David Hanscom, MD, shares his definition of chronic pain.
Jay S. Patel, MD
Specialty: Physical Medicine/rehabilitation
- physical medicine/rehabilitation
- pain medicine
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What is chronic pain?
David Hanscom, MD, Neck & Spine Surgery, answered
What is at-home stroke rehabilitation?
Natalia Rost, MD, Neurology, answeredWith at-home stroke rehabilitation, a rehabilitation specialist from a home health agency may come to your home for a set number of hours and days on a short-term basis. Home rehabilitation can address physical impairments and speech and language difficulties. The intensity of the program can be tailored to your needs. At-home rehabilitation is usually best for people who need one type of rehabilitation therapist (say, a physical therapist or a speech therapist) instead of several therapists, and who can't get to and from an outpatient facility. But to some extent your choice is dictated by your insurance coverage. At-home rehabilitation may not be covered unless you are homebound -- physically unable to leave your home.
How can aromatherapy help with pain?
Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD, Healthcare, answeredI believe there is some benefit to using various aromas to help distract you from pain. These essences or oils have beneficial healing powers, helping to reduce anxiety, combat stress, fight infection, increase productivity, or serve as a powerful aphrodisiac. There are studies showing that lavender increases the alpha wave activity in the back of the brain, which can help lead to relaxation and feelings of contentment. Increased beta activity in the front of the brain shows greater alertness and is said to occur with the scent of lemon.
If you use therapeutic massage with aromatherapy oils, you can heighten the healing effect. There are numerous aromas, oils, and essences that are used with touch or energy-based therapies to reduce stress, anxiety, and insomnia, as well as support healing. For example, some patients claim that rubbing a dilution of peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil on a painful muscle has a momentary numbing effect. For decades, people have used dilutions of wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) oil for easing aching muscles or lower back pain. Wintergreen oil may have an analgesic effect as it contains methyl salicylate, an ingredient similar to that found in aspirin.
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