Although there may be times when surgery is necessary for treating chronic pain, your doctor may also be able to assist you with a nonsurgical option in some cases. This is something that will be discussed with you by your physician after you have had your examination. During the examination, your doctor will ask you a number of questions, including questions about your family history and he will also move your limbs and joints to determine where the problem lies.
Additional options for diagnosis may also be considered, including having x-rays taken, so that your doctor can see the bones in the area more clearly. If necessary, a CT scan or MRI may be given so that your doctor can see further detail in the area, including the soft tissue, such as the intervertebral discs and spinal cord. In some instances, a nerve block may be provided to determine exactly where the problem lies. It will also help to give you some relief from your pain, although the relief from the nerve block may be temporary.
One of the nonsurgical options that may be considered in some cases is to have injection therapy. This has been the standard for many years for pain treatment, and there are a number of different injection therapies that may be considered. For example, trigger point injections can help to relieve the pain that is associated with the trigger points in the spinal column. Your doctor may also consider an epidural steroid injection, in which a painkiller and a steroid medication are injected into the area that is suffering from pain. In most cases, injections are a temporary solution but they can help to give some relief.
Medication may also be considered in some cases to reduce the swelling that is associated with the pain that you are experiencing. Your doctor may want you to take some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, many of which are available over-the-counter. Aspirin may also be considered for pain relief in some cases.
Along with the solutions that may be provided by your physician, you may also need to learn how to cope with the pain that you are experiencing and make some changes to your lifestyle in order to deal with it successfully. This may include getting some exercise in order to strengthen the muscles that support the area that is experiencing pain. Getting enough sleep may also be a consideration that can help significantly with pain management.