Pain Management Treatment on Lien for the Injured Patient in Phoenix AZ
Following auto or motorcycle accidents, patients may experience intense amounts of pain specific to their injuries. This pain can be worsened by the psychological effects of experiencing trauma. In order to help with this, personal injury pain management doctors in Phoenix use many techniques including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods in order to help patients manage their pain following injury and trauma.
In order to determine the correct amount of pharmacological methods to manage pain, Phoenix personal injury pain doctors must first determine whether the pain is acute or chronic. Simply put, acute pain is pain that lasts less than six weeks, subacute pain is 6 to 12 weeks and chronic pain lasts longer than twelve weeks. In cases of injury, most pain is acute and can be treated temporarily given that it will decrease as wounds heal.
USAN has assembled a Network of Personal Injury pain management doctors in Phoenix AZ who provide both medical and interventional pain treatments to help patients avoid the need for surgery and obtain pain relief.
WHO Stepwise Pain Treatment
The World Health Organization (WHO) developed a pain ladder that was originally intended strictly for dealing with cancer pain, but has now been adapted to cope with pain from conditions including serious injuries. The pain ladder works as a sort of pyramid system. The most common pain and coping strategies are listed on the bottom of this pyramid, and the more severe pain and its management techniques are on the top.
- Step 1 – Step one of the ladder deals with mild pain, or measurements of 1- 3 on the pain scale, with 10 being the highest value. This step is dealt with by frequently using non-narcotic drugs like acetaminophen or Ibuprofen.
- Step 2 – If the pain persists and becomes greater with measurements of 4 – 6 on the pain scale, then the pain management strategy moves up the ladder to step two. Step two consists of continuing the use of non-narcotics from step one and adding in an opioid such as codeine or oxycodone. While this step is stronger than step one, it still only uses a mild opioid in order to try to bring pain to a more manageable level.
- Step 3 – If the pain continues to persist or worsen after step two, then management techniques move to step three. Step three is for the most severe pain and consists of starting a strong opioid such as morphine or fentanyl. These narcotics are extremely strong, and have the potential for serious addiction problems following treatment. The administration of these drugs should be heavily monitored in order to prevent overmedication.
Non-Pharmacological Pain Management
In general, and following trauma, physicians tend to use pharmacological treatments while patients remain in the hospital. However, following hospitalization, it is possible to treat pain using non-drug techniques. Many of these techniques should not be attempted right away, especially if there is an incision site on a patient’s body, but they can be effective methods in relieving pain.
Interventional pain management procedures such as epidural injections, facet blocks, medial branch blocks, trigger point injections, joint injections and occipital blocks can help tremendously after an auto accident. The procedure(s) performed by the personal injury pain management doctor in Phoenix will depend on the symptoms and specific injury. With a customized combination of medical and interventional pain management, patients can expect pain relief nonoperatively over 80% of the time!
Massages are a great pain management method. They relieve tension in the muscles and joint areas of the body, and are increasingly popular in the management of pain. Likewise, other relaxation techniques like biofeedback, guided imagery, hypnosis, breathing techniques and controlled movements like tai chi have also become increasingly popular. As with massages, these techniques allow patients the opportunity to relieve some of the tension in their body left over from injury or treatment. They are also extremely helpful in relieving psychological symptoms such as anxiety or depression.
Additionally, homeopathic remedies such as acupuncture can also be helpful in the management of pain. Acupuncture is a Chinese remedy that uses thin needles in order to influence the flow of energy in and around a patient’s body. The needles are placed in certain key locations on the body that are said to have the most influence on re-balancing the energy flow within the body.
Most patients do not experience any pain while the needle enters the body. There may be slight pressure at the entrance site, but that is believed by acupuncturists to be the accessing of the energy flow.
Whether using pharmacological or non-pharmacological techniques to manage pain, patients can experience relief following a trauma or injury. The management of pain goes a long way to complete the treatment process of a serious injury.
USAN has a Network of pain management doctors in Phoenix AZ accepting personal injury claims for treatment. Both medical and interventional therapies are provided with success rates exceeding 95% for pain relief and surgery avoidance. If you or a loved one needs pain management treatment in the greater Phoenix area under a personal injury lien, call USAN right away!