Managing Long Term Effects Of Injury
Injuries happen throughout life; there is no avoiding them. Some injuries are treatable, and people can bounce back quickly, whereas some may take ongoing care. How one person recovers from an injury can be very different from how another person recovers from the exact same injury. Many injuries can also cause a domino effect, causing strain and pain in other areas to compensate for the injured area. Anyone who has suffered from a significant injury knows that there can be lingering ongoing effects, and flare-ups can happen. If you suffer from an ongoing injury, keep reading to learn more about pain recovery and chronic pain treatment.
Chronic Pain Recovery
Acute pain and chronic pain are two different types of pain. Acute pain is brought on by something specific and goes away after a short period of time. Examples of acute pain would be burns, cuts, or a broken bone.
Chronic pain is persistent. According to Cleveland Clinic, chronic pain is pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months. This type of pain can continue even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed or gone away. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Some people suffer chronic pain even when there is no past injury or apparent body damage. Chronic pain is linked to conditions that include:
- Nerve pain.
- Back pain.
If you have chronic pain, the stress affects the body, producing physical conditions like:
- Tense muscles.
- Limited ability to move around.
- A lack of energy.
- Changes in appetite.
Increasing Healing Time in Injuries
There are some things you can do to increase healing time after a traumatic injury. These include:
- Cut back on alcohol. Alcohol can increase swelling and inflammation, as well as thin your blood. These things can prolong healing. In addition, the numbing effects of alcohol can make it more difficult to feel pain, causing further possible injury.
- Stop smoking. Smoking limits the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream, prolonging healing time. In addition, smoking causes your blood vessels to narrow and limit the number of nutrients your injury is getting.
- Choose a healthy diet. Sugar, dairy, processed foods, and foods high in fat can cause inflammation. Sticking to a healthy diet will give your body the fuel it needs to heal.
- Gentle exercise. Don’t overwork your injury, but make sure you keep your body moving with gentle exercise. Yoga, stretching, and other gentle moves can help your injury.
- Acupuncture. Acupuncture can help treat pain over time. Acupuncture releases endorphins and serotonin, which help promote healing.
- Chiropractic. Spinal manipulation and alignment can help chronic pain treatment in many people.
- Massage therapy. Massage therapy can help soothe tired and overworked muscles and promote healing, stress relief, and better moods.
- Physical therapy. Ongoing physical therapy can help train your body to overcome chronic pain and injury, as well as help your body learn new ways to move and stretch.
Addiction and Chronic Pain
Some acute injuries may require medications to treat the pain. An over-the-counter medication, such as Advil, can help reduce swelling and ease the pain while healing. However, there are some instances in which over-the-counter medications aren’t strong enough to help ease the pain. After a surgery, significant injury, or childbirth are a few examples. In this case, a doctor may prescribe prescription pain killers for a short period of time.
However, prescription pain killers are highly addictive. They should only be taken in the short term and not be used as an ongoing treatment method. This is because prescription pain killers can worsen chronic pain and cause addiction issues that can lead to overdose or death. It is very common for individuals suffering from chronic pain to become addicted to their medications, and the cycle can only end with proper chronic pain treatment.
Chronic Pain Treatment
It is possible to live a life free of chronic pain and dangerous prescription drugs. At The Pointe Malibu, our Pain Recovery Program is here to help you with your chronic pain, suffering, dependence, and addiction. Our clinical and medical professionals assist you in understanding the origins of your suffering.
Rather than depending on dangerous medications, you will be offered alternative measures to reduce your pain and lessen your suffering. We will help facilitate the decrease or elimination of harmful medicines so that you will experience lower pain levels and a better quality of life. We provide world-class opioid addiction experts and real-world, effective treatment solutions.
About The Pointe Malibu Recovery Center
Our multidisciplinary team first completes a thorough review of your medical history and designs your individualized evaluation schedule to treat your chronic pain. A team approach is the heart of the program. An experienced group of medical professionals accompanies you on this journey. They are experts at uncovering what is happening with your body, mind, spirit, and lifestyle. This dedicated team will assess the problems and guide you toward viable solutions.
Your Assessment Team Includes:
- Chronic Pain Experts
- Physical Therapists
- Trauma Therapists
- Addiction Therapists
- Spiritual Therapists
To treat your chronic pain, we utilize:
- Physical Therapy
- Medication Management
- Psychological Counseling
- Alternative Therapies, such as Massage and Acupuncture
- Medical Specialist Referrals
If you’re ready to start your journey to long-lasting recovery from chronic pain, we are here for you.