Pain Treatment

Pain Treatment

Pain Treatment
Pain treatment varies depending on the severity of an injury or cause of the pain. Analgesics, or pain relievers, may be your first step. Over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen and aspirin can treat mild to moderate pain. Stronger pain medication may be prescribed after surgery or more severe injuries. For chronic pain that persists, your doctor can help determine the best course of treatment or give you a referral for a pain specialist. Learn more about treating pain with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    If you've been prescribed narcotic pain pills and you no longer need them for the pain that you were treated for, dispose of them properly. Don't leave them sitting around. If you do need pain pills, make sure they're in a safe place, so family members don't have access to them. High school kids, and even elementary school kids, may be tempted to try them or take them to school and share them with friends. It's important to know that abuse of narcotic pain killers by teens and kids can be a real problem.
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    It is possible that serious side effects may occur following a spinal injection procedure. Call your doctor or go to the emergency room if you experience any of the following:
    • Severe pain or headache
    • Fever or chills
    • Loss of bladder or bowel control
    • Progressive weakness
    • Redness or swelling around the injection site
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    If you have had a spinal injection, it takes a few days, even a week or longer, for the steroid medicine to reduce inflammation and pain. Your doctor may want to follow-up with you in 1-3 weeks.
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    You may experience side effects after a spinal injection, which will go away in a few days. These side effects include:
    • Briefly increased pain
    • Headaches
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Facial flushing
    • Hiccups
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    On the day of your spinal injection, you should arrive a little early to fill out any necessary paperwork before the procedure. Have your insurance information with you.
    • For your benefit and safety, current medical information may be requested again.
    • It is important to alert your doctor if you are experiencing any new or recent medical problems. Your doctor may give you a brief physical exam.
    • You may receive an intravenous (IV) line before the procedure.
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    If you are having a spinal injection, you may need to stop taking some of your medication before the procedure -- ask your healthcare provider. Generally, you should continue to take medicines necessary to your health, such as blood pressure or thyroid medicines. It is safe to take products containing acetaminophen (such as Tylenol).
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    Total shoulder resurfacing is far less invasive than traditional shoulder replacement surgery, and people can go home the same day. Prosthetic complications are minimized, and the rehabilitation can start fairly quickly. Restoration of motion and strength is achieved with more reliability and with less pain.

    One very exciting result of total shoulder resurfacing is that it doesn’t burn any bridges -- you can always go back and do traditional replacement surgery if it doesn’t work.