Managing Moderate Pain Three Ways
North American Precis Syndicate
You don't have to put up with even moderate pain. Yoga, physical therapy and topical medication can help. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Latest research reveals that up to 90 percent of pain sufferers
don't get the relief they're looking for with their current pain
medication—but you don't have to be among them. While everyone experiences
pain differently, managing it may be simpler than many people realize.
Understanding Pain Assessment
First, it helps to know what sort of pain you have. According to Dr. Bob
Arnot, an award-winning journalist, author of 12 books on nutrition and
health, and previously Chief Medical Correspondent for NBC and CBS News,
"Pain assessment for patients with muscle pain and arthritis is often done by
using pain scales that allow the patient to describe the level of their pain.
Once the level of pain is determined, an appropriate treatment or analgesic
can be identified—including OTC topical medication.
"When determining the level of pain, it is important to provide answers to
your doctor, including: What were you doing when the pain started? What
caused it? What makes the pain better or worse? What does the pain feel
like—dull, sharp, stabbing, burning? Where is the pain located? Does it
radiate? Does the pain interfere with activities? Does the pain force you to
lie or sit down? How long does the pain last? How often does it occur? Are
you ever awakened by it?
"Doctors will seek to measure the severity of pain on a scale of zero to
10, with zero being no pain and 10 being unimaginable, unspeakable pain.
There are several pain scales being used today, ranging from numerical and
graphics. The scales follow the same order for explaining the intensity of
pain: mild, moderate and severe."
Minor pain levels generally do not interfere with most day-to-day
activities. People with mild pain are able to adapt to pain with medication
or devices such as cushions. Moderate pain, on the other hand, interferes
with many activities and often requires lifestyle changes, as the person is
unable to adapt to the pain. Examples range from an average toothache to a
sprained ankle to bad back pain.
How To Treat Moderate Pain
Fortunately, there are several ways to manage moderate pain that don't
involve reaching for a pill. Three of the most effective are:
Physical therapy: Physical therapy
can be an effective way to alleviate all types of musculoskeletal and
neuropathic types of pain. A primary goal of physical therapy is to help
chronic pain patients become stronger. In addition, physical therapy can
teach people how to move safely and functionally in ways that they haven't
been able to in some time—helping them to avoid injury or reinjury.
Yoga: Recent studies reported
by the National Institutes of Health suggest that a carefully adapted set of yoga
postures may help reduce pain and improve the ability to walk and move. Yoga
typically combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or
Adds the Western Australia Department of Health, "Yoga is very helpful in
treating some of the mechanical aspects of pain; for example, when there are
tight muscles which contribute to pain."
In the Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Robert Saper wrote, "Both yoga and
physical therapy are excellent nondrug approaches for low back pain."
Topical analgesics: For many
people, however, the first choice should be a topical solution: the Salonpas®
Pain Relief Patch LARGE. The Salonpas Pain Relief Patch LARGE is the only OTC
pain reliever (oral or topical) labeled to relieve mild to tougher, moderate
pain associated with arthritis, sprains, strains and backache. It is labeled
to relieve mild to moderate pain for up to 12 hours, and was FDA approved
just like prescription medicines.
Advises physical therapist Dave Endres, "The new Salonpas Pain Relief
Patch LARGE contains two powerful pain-relieving ingredients, menthol and
methyl salicylate, which go right to the site of pain. In my business,
keeping pain at bay for as long as possible is a key imperative. If there is
a choice between oral or topical pain therapies, we encourage the topical
route. We encourage the topical route as it avoids the adverse effects that
have been observed with oral dosage forms."
In fact, according to a recent Danish study of pain relief, "it is time to
acknowledge the potential health risk of [oral] diclofenac and to reduce its
use. Diclofenac should not be available over the counter, and when
prescribed, should be accompanied by an appropriate front package warning
about its potential risks…In conclusion, our data support that initiation of
diclofenac poses a cardiovascular health risk, both compared with no use,
paracetamol use, and use of other traditional NSAIDs."
Fortunately, the patch is now double the size with the power to target
large pain areas.
For further facts and tips, visit www.salonpas.us.
"Says physical therapist Dave Endres: "The
Salonpas Pain Relief Patch LARGE features two powerful pain-relieving
ingredients, which go right to the site of pain." http://bit.ly/2xxGZvQ"
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