Pain can be a disruptive part of life, especially when it’s recurrent pain that isn’t treated by traditional methods. Sometimes it’s the result of a traumatic event, like an auto accident or a slip-and-fall. But there are other types of injuries as well, including sports injuries, which can contribute to ongoing pain.
If you’re experiencing recurrent pain, here are a few key considerations as you begin to explore your treatment options.
- Don’t wait to see a doctor.
If your pain is a result of an auto accident or slip-and-fall, it’s important to seek care from a medical doctor within14 days of the accident, even if you don’t think you are seriously injured. This will ensure you get the care you need to get well, and that you are eligible to receive the maximum insurance benefit if applicable. Read more about what to do in the event of an emergency medical condition (EMC).
- Proper diagnosis is critical.
Like the people they affect, every injury is unique. That’s why it’s important to be seen by a licensed medical professional who can properly diagnose the source of your pain. This diagnosis is the central component to treatment, helping your doctor make the best recommendations for treatment.
- Pain management isn’t one-size-fits-all.
After diagnosis, treatment will look different for different patients and different injuries. While over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication may suffice for one patient, another might be a prime candidate for surgery, while others may see improvement with therapy or injections.
- You’re not alone.
Acute pain affects many people every year. In fact, as many as 39.5 million Americans are seen by physicians each year for accidents or injuries. Another 29.4 million accidental injuries require emergency department visits. And among these, car accidents are responsible for some 3 million annual injuries. No matter the cause, it’s always a good idea to treat your acute pain, in order to prevent it from becoming a long-term problem.
- Some pain may be in your head.
That’s not to say you’re imagining it, but rather that some pain is not necessarily physical. Some pain, especially pain related to traumatic events like car accidents and slip-and-falls, is experienced as emotional and psychological pain. And, just like physical symptoms, if you’re experiencing this kind of recurrent pain, it’s important to seek treatment.
- Some common injuries might require advanced treatment.
Some injuries, even common ones with symptoms like whiplash or headaches, may seem benign but can be indicative of bigger problems. In many cases, mild symptoms will usually be treated with a conservative treatment. But when the pain is severe, medical imaging like x-ray and MRI may be necessary for further diagnostic testing.
- It’s normal to put it off. (We get it.)
After experiencing an accident or injury, the initial shock wears off and it can be tempting to downplay the severity of your symptoms, or put off seeing a medical professional. Sometimes it’s the opposite–and the experience is so traumatic it’s hard to know what’s next. But either way, if you’re still experiencing any pain as a result of an injury, it’s time to see a doctor who can help you heal with a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan.
At American Interventional Pain Institute, we recognize that pain can be a debilitating part of life–but we believe it doesn’t have to be. If you’re experiencing pain, call our office today to schedule a consultation. Our kind, compassionate staff is ready to help you restore your quality of life.