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Managing Your Chronic Pain
By Pain Specialty Consultants, PA
March 16, 2017
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Chronic Pain  

Has chronic pain affected the quality of your life? San Antonio, TX, pain physician, Dr. Prafulla Singh, shares information on managing chronic painchronic pain and discusses several treatment options.

Managing pain

Controlling your pain starts with a conversation about your symptoms and the circumstances that worsen your pain. Pain management isn't a one-size-fits-all-solution. An approach that works for your neighbor won't necessarily be effective in managing your pain. When you visit one of Dr. Singh's San Antonio offices, he'll create a treatment plan based on your diagnosis, symptoms, lifestyle and test results. The focus is on finding the most conservative, yet effective, solution.

Your treatment plan may include massage, behavioral modifications, physical therapy, psychological counseling and other therapies. If those treatments aren't effective, Dr. Singh may recommend other treatments, such as:

Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS): TENS units are worn next to your skin and emit a low-voltage electrical current that blocks pain signals from reaching your brain. If you have pain caused by cancer, fibromyalgia, migraines, disc problems, bursitis, arthritis or conditions that affect your back or neck, you may benefit from TENS treatment.

Epidural Steroid Injections: Steroid injections decrease inflammation and can be helpful in reducing pain, swelling and muscle spasms. They're frequently used to treat back and neck pain.

Lumbar Sympathetic Block: If you have leg pain, you may benefit from a lumbar sympathetic block. Treatment involves injecting an anesthetic into your lower back near the sympathetic nerves using X-ray guidance. Blocks are often used to reduce pain caused by shingles, Raynaud's Phenomenon, phantom pain, pain after surgery or complex regional pain syndrome.

Stellate Ganglion Block: X-ray guidance may also be used if you receive a stellate ganglion block. The injection blocks nerves located in the front of the neck and provides pain relief in the head, face, arms and chest. The treatment may be recommended if you have complex regional pain syndrome, sympathetic dystrophy, a nerve injury or shingles. The block may also be used to control sweating or painful angina symptoms.

Chronic pain doesn't have to take over your life. Call San Antonio, TX, pain physician, Dr. Singh, at (210) 527-1166 to schedule an appointment at one of the following locations: 5101 Medical Dr., 18600 N. Hardy Oak Blvd. or 1200 Brooklyn Ave., Suite 140.