3 Myths and Facts for Chronic Pain
When it comes to pain, one of the most debilitating is chronic pain. This type of pain can be extremely intense and seems to never go away. As people become desperate for relief, they may feel surgery is not only their first option, it’s their best option. This may not always be true so it is important to talk to your doctor or pain specialist.
There are many myths when it comes to dealing with chronic pain and treatment options. Here are the most common:
Myth #1: Surgery is your only option.
Fact: Not necessarily. Some people aren’t able to have surgery because of their age or overall physical needs. For these individuals and many others, they can opt for procedures that are non-invasive, less risky, and not as tough on the body. It’s also important to note that surgery may not always fix the problem. This is especially true with neck and back surgeries. Talk to your doctor is surgery is right for you and make sure that all surgical options, both invasive (Spine Surgery) and minimally invasive (Spinal Cord Stimulation) surgeries are evaluated.
Myth #2: Injections will provide permanent relief from pain.
Fact: Injections are another way to temporarily mask the pain. It does not treat the root cause of the pain, therefore it still exists and will return when the injection wears off.
Myth #3: The MRI says I have arthritis and I can’t be helped.
Fact: Arthritis may be the symptom of the an underlying problem that is causing pain in other areas of the body. By getting to the root source of the pain, the probability of receiving adequate treatment (and relief) is increased.
There are many treatment options available for individuals suffering chronic pain. Research possible treatment options that may be appropriate for your pain or condition. Even preliminary research can help start a good conversation with your doctor about the appropriate treatment plan.