You don’t have to live with pain, there are ways to manage it. Dr. Lisa Nocera an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist at St. Mary Medical Center says there are many therapies which can help. If you’ve already tried physical therapy and over-the-counter medications, she may suggest stronger anti-inflammatory medicines or cortisone injections. Surgery or Interventional Pain Management Techniques may be an option for some patients and there are also alternative methods such as massage therapy and acupuncture.
According to Dr. Nocera, people experience long-term pain for various reasons. Some have complications from diabetes or surgery, others have nerve damage or spinal degeneration. The most frequent issues she sees are problems with the neck and lower back.
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If you have pain, there may be some things you can try at home which may offer relief. Dr. Nocera says try over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, heat or cold compresses and rest. If the pain persists, seek help. There is no reason to suffer.