What are other strategies besides medication for managing short-term pain?

Travis M. Hendry, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Taking your medication as directed is an important part of your pain management. Pain medication reduces your pain -- it doesn't take pain away completely. The good news is that there are other things you can do to manage short-term pain. These don't replace your medication, but they can help manage the pain.
  • Help yourself relax. Try to focus on breathing slowly and rhythmically.
  • Distract yourself. Listen to music, watch television, or visit with a friend.
  • Ask your health care provider about applying cold or heat to ease the pain, or about physical therapy or exercises that may be helpful in your situation.
  • Find spiritual or psychological support. Talk with a friend or counselor or turn to your spiritual foundations.

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