Dear friendliest friends,
How do we deal with acute pain? Pain is your body’s way of sending a warning to your brain that something may be wrong with part of it. Beneath the skin, there are nerve endings that senses pain, heat, cold, touch and pressure. Injury to the body, makes the nerve endings send messages along nerves into your spinal cord and then up to your brain.
Pain that does not last long and has a clear cause is called acute pain. Pain becomes chronic when it continues after the injury has healed. Chronic pain is often times harder to treat.
I am going to teach you how to deal with the pain. My role in the whole pain management plan is to investigate the cause of the pain and successfully treat it.
1. Rest – avoid pain inducing positions. Stay within the pain-free range of motion.
2. Ice packs (first 2 days – 20 minutes on and 60 minutes rest for the first 24 hours and the next 24 hours as needed)
3. Compression (especially extremities such as knee and ankle sprains) – using a compression band to reduce swelling.
4. Elevation (especially extremities) – to reduce swelling
5. Medication – Paracetamol (Panadol) is used to treat mild to moderate pain. Risk of side effects are low therefore it is suitable for people who can’t ingest aspirin (stomach ulcers or asthma)
Anti inflammatories (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc) are used to treat severe pain. Side effects are more common which includes stomach ulcers and bleeding and kidney problems.
Always consult your doctor before taking any medications.
When do you use heat (heat packs, Voltaren, Perskindol, etc.)?
Heat can be used after the acute inflammation stage (after a week). Heat is used for relaxation of spastic muscles. Heat is very suitable for people who are suffering from chronic degenerative arthritis.
I always tell my patients, if an emergency light lights up in your car, do you cover it with a band-aid? Pain is the emergency light lighted up, indicating that the car has a problem, indicating that there is an underlying problem in your body. Never settle, never put up with pain. Take pain as a warning to something that needs to be sorted out.
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p.s: Carl Jung, “There is no coming to consciousness without pain”.
St Augustine, “The greatest evil is physical pain”.
Marquis de Sade, “It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure”.