Pain Management 5
Friday, June 26, 2009

In todayís 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill concludes his week-long series on chronic pain with additional treatment options.

When pain is localized to a particular area of the body, a nerve block may be useful. A nerve block is an injection of nerve-numbing substance that blocks the nerve transmission of pain before it can reach the brain.

Trigger point injection is another procedure your doctor may prescribe for chronic pain. It treats painful areas of muscle knots that form when muscles donít relax.

Surgical implants can also benefit chronic pain sufferers. These include intrathecal drug delivery and spinal cord stimulation implants. Small pumps or electrical stimulators are implanted surgically under the skin and the catheter is inserted into the spinal canal. These implants deliver medicines or electrical signals directly to the spinal cord where pain signals travel. This blocks pain signals from reaching the brain.

Chronic pain sufferers may be advised to use a combination of treatments such as physical therapy, exercise, psychological techniques, acupuncture and massage therapy.

Donít suffer needlessly with chronic pain. New therapies may provide dramatic relief and greatly improve your life.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.