Physical pain comes to us in many forms – headaches, pain during and after injuries, and persistent chronic pain that can disappear, recur, or that is always present to some degree. It is never worth ‘toughing through’ pain, and there are several ways to treat and manage it using medication, topical treatments, physiotherapy, and lifestyle changes. Often a combination of methods is a wise course of action, especially in the interest of reducing the amount of medication to rely upon. If you’re suffering from pain, there is help available.
It’s important to find medical help like a family doctor, physiotherapist, and pharmacy that understands the pain you’re going through, especially for chronic sufferers. Be ready to offer details about the nature and experience of your pain to your doctor to better help them diagnose and treat you. Keeping a journal or taking notes in your phone can assist with dates, times, and activities. Consider a high-quality independent pharmacy that can pay careful attention to your needs and provide excellent customer service.
When it comes to pain medication, pharmaceutical compounding is an effective treatment that may offer reduced side effects. Compounded medications are those that have been customized to fit a patient’s specific needs. For simple headaches, aches, and cramps, a standard pain reliever like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin usually does the trick.
However, these generic treatments often come with unwanted side effects because they’re broadly designed to help the general population. But compounded drugs can target the unique needs of an individual’s chronic condition, like the inflammation from arthritis, or the muscle and joint pain from fibromyalgia.
Experts in creating these medications like Meds Pharmacy Group can assist you and your medical practitioner with developing a pain management program that includes these unique pharmaceuticals, which can potentially lead to less medication needed overall.
Topical treatments are another popular method for managing pain in the muscles, soft tissues, and joints. Pharmaceutical compounding can help here as well: ingredients used for oral pain medications can be used to create a topically applied gel or cream, for example. Topical treatments are applied directly to the site and source of the pain to reduce the experience of it and sometimes offer extra relief in the form of cooling or numbing sensations. Patients may find that they prefer a topical application to manage their pain to an oral prescription. It’s smart to try out a few options to see what works best for you.
Physiotherapy is another option that can help with recovering after an injury or to deal with the ongoing symptoms of a chronic condition. A Registered Physiotherapist can help with improving comfort, teaching stretching and motion exercises, increasing strength, and restoring balance. It is often used alongside other methods of relief like medication and topical treatments.
Lifestyle changes that can help with pain management include improving sleeping habits and quality of sleep, changes in exercise routines like yoga or Tai Chi, employing relaxation techniques, and even changing one’s diet. It’s important to consult with your doctor upon making any major changes to exercise routines, especially if you’ve been sedentary for awhile, as well as dramatic changes to diet.
There is help for pain out there. Review your options with professionals and take the time to educate yourself on helpful lifestyle changes today.