For the majority of surgical incision pain no treatment is indicated. The majority of surgical scars will heal with pain resolution over 6 weeks. However, thick hypertrophic and keloid scars may require steroid injection (kenalog) to reduce collagen and collagenase activity, thus reducing pain. Numbness normally resolves over 1 year after new neuronal regeneration through the scar. For example, it may take up to 16 months after a cesarean section for sensation to reappear fully.
Joseph H Nour, MD
Specialty: Pain Medicine
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Butler, PA 16001
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What are the treatments for surgical incision pain and numbness?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answered
What are some ways to relieve pain during exercise?
Edward Phillips, Physical Therapy, answeredIf you think pain relief could help you exercise more comfortably, discuss the options with your doctor. Examples include the following:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers. Naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Advil), or acetaminophen (Tylenol) help reduce pain. Check with your doctor about the safest choice for you. Take 30 to 45 minutes before you do a workout.
- Warm showers. Showering before exercise helps warm up muscles and joints.
- Cold. Apply an ice wrap to the sore joint for 20 minutes after exercise.
- Braces. When needed, a brace can help support muscles, distribute force, and limit movement. Talk to your doctor about whether a brace would be helpful, and, if so, which kind to choose.
What are some non-invasive back and neck pain treatments?
Gerald M. Silverman, Chiropractic, answeredPhysical therapy, physiatry, rehabilitation, and sports medicine are probably the most conventional and widely used approaches of all neck and back pain therapies. Initially, they rely heavily on the use of pain control methods such as transcutaneous electrical stimulation, ultrasound, diathermy, electrical muscle stimulation, and heat or ice applications. Transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) is a nerve stimulator that produces signals which block the transmission of pain impulses. In cases of severe and intractable pain, TENS may be prescribed for home use. Ultrasound and diathermy are forms of deep tissue heating that are meant to increase blood flow and stimulate tissue repair. Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is designed to help in tissue repair by stimulating low-level movement in the muscles. While these tools are widely used and often help to temporarily relieve pain, none of them are proven to speed your recovery or alter the ultimate outcome.
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