Re: Pain treatments questions
Hi Caeryn, Even given the exact same diagnosis, what works for one person doesn't always work for another. In pain management they also use what's called step therapy. Their are teps every doc takes ruling out one modality or medication after another untill they find what works for you. If your stiff and soar, PT and anyio inflamatories are generally step one even at PM doc who use potent long acting opiates. The docs or clinics need to show they tried these other steps before proceeding down the steps and possibly to narcotic pain medication. If NSAIDs and PT work, it doesn't make sense to whip out the big guns and throw you on long acting morphine or fentanyl patches. So yes those moalities work and are enough for some people or you may find you benefit from one or the other ansd still need to add something to your treatment plan.Perhaps cortozone injections as mentiuoned by anoher, perhaps a medecine to manage pain, They generaly start with things like tramadol or Ultram, and move down the list.
Everyones treatment plan is a bit different but they ,ay also include something to address specific factors in every patient like, inflamation, adressing range of motion, personal activity, pain evels,sleep, etc etc. With any painful condition although activity may be the last thing on your mind, keeping moving is essentuial to continue to keep moving. Health wise in general there isn't anything much worse than being sedentary so even if the PT just gets you up and out of the house and maintains a cetain level of activity, it will likely be something you continue on your own at home or at a gym once the PT finds you have reached max benefit from what he is is offering. Then your released on your own to continue a plan specific for your condition
Good luck, Dave