There are many different kinds of pain medications that can assist with pain management. These include:
- Acetaminophen – a pain reliever, but does not help with inflammation
- NSAID Medications (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) – excellent for treating inflammatory conditions
- Corticosteroids – work well for inflammatory conditions and can be taken orally or injected into the soft tissue, joints, or epidural space
- Narcotics (or Opioids) – these medication are stronger than the others and are only used when your pain management doctor feels this is the best treatment option. Although these medications can be addicting, if used correctly they can be extremely effective.
- Anti-Convulsants – effective in treating nerve pain
- Local anesthetics – can provide temporary pain relief to an area. They are often given in the form of patches or injections
Patients suffering from painful conditions, whether they are acute or chronic need many options including pain medications to help manage their pain. In many cases, pain is a problem that needs more than one treatment. For that reason, it is very important to work with your pain management doctor in order to find the best combination of treatments available for you.
There is a wide variety of techniques available including:
- Interventional procedures
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Alternative medicine
For additional information on pain medication, please request an appointment with one of our Southeast Pain and Spine Care pain management physicians.