Pain is a complex issue and rarely does it ever resolve completely with a singular approach. Moreover, there is no standard approach to treatment since everyone’s experience of pain is different, and many factors can heighten the perception of pain. Successful treatments involve a combination of non-medical and clinical approaches to pain treatment.
Holistic Pain Management
This approach entails the treatment of the entire individual and not just the affected part of the person that is in pain. In other words, someone experiencing back pain receives treatment on his or her back, the whole of it. Likewise, it involves looking at the person in his/her entirety and how stress, diet, and other lifestyle choices could have contributed to the pain.
Here are a couple of examples of holistic pain treatments.
Eating unhealthy foods can contribute to inflammation in the body, which can worsen a patient’s experience of pain. Fast food, baked goods, chocolates, and sugary drinks can cause inflammation. If you have an arthritic joint, a poor diet can worsen inflammation in your joints and accelerate the breakdown of your cartilage. Foods with anti-inflammatory compounds are dark green and leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains.
Acupuncture is the insertion of stainless steel needles into different parts of the body (near the nerves) to stimulate the nerves and muscles to promote healing. Acupuncture also stimulates the production of endorphins — the body’s natural painkillers — which block the pain signals from reaching the brain. Acupuncture can relieve pain in patients with dental pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, neck, and lower back pain.
A chiropractor uses spinal manipulation to restore its proper alignment, believing that a spine that is in alignment enables the body to heal itself. Patients with neck and back pain or recurring headaches may be feeling it due to a misalignment of the spinal bones from an accident or a bad sleeping position or posture. This causes the vertebrae to shift out of position, irritating the nerves in the spine, causing pain and tenderness. Effective chiropractic treatment can prevent the use of pain medication and also surgery.
Physical therapy exercises can relieve symptoms of pain patients. No matter the degree of pain, there are exercises that you can do to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and encourage the production of endorphins. The body heals through movement. A physical therapist can teach you exercises that you can do and use other modalities to relieve pain.
Interventional Pain Management in Boca Raton, FL
Dr. Jonathan Kamerlink of Kamerlink Pain Institute is an acknowledged expert in pain management. He provides a variety of interventional pain management services to his patients in Boca Raton. What sets Dr. Kamerlink apart from other pain management doctors is that he takes a holistic approach to treating pain, offering different treatment options including injection therapies and minimally-invasive procedures.
Dr. Kamerlink is compassionate to anyone who is in pain, and his mission is to bring relief to as many patients as he can. To schedule a consultation with a pain management doctor, call our clinic at (561) 404-7667.