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IASP (The International Association for the Study of Pain) describes the pain as undesirable sensory and emotional feelings associated with potential or actual tissue injury. It is not just a physical experience. It is influenced by factors such as personality, beliefs, attitudes, and social factors that affect mental and emotional well-being. Essentially this means that two people can experience the same pain, but how they respond can be completely different. There are several different types of pain, as well.

Pain signals are mainly triggered by:

  • Damage or injury to the body: For instance, a sprained or damaged ankle
  • Internally produced chemicals in the body that irritate nerve endings. It can be because of an overuse injury or infection
  • Injury to nerves that causes them to send pain signals to your brain without any physical damage. This happens mainly because of complex regional pain syndrome.
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Types of Pain

Types of Pain

Pain is classified into three main categories:

  1. Cancer pain
  2. Chronic pain
  3. Acute pain

Cancer pain

Patients with advanced or early-stage disease may experience cancer pain. Cancer survivors also experience this type of pain as a result of a debilitating or severe side-effect of treatment.

Chronic pain

Chronic pain, on the other hand, lasts for longer than the expected time for healing as a result of trauma, surgery, or any other condition. Similarly, it can also be a disease on its own caused by changes within your central nervous system.

Acute pain

Acute pain lasts for a short time and usually occurs after a trauma or surgery. It acts as an early warning signal to the body to seek medication or help though it fades as the body heals; in some scenarios, it may not.

Causes of Pain

Some types of pain can originate from a particular injury that has since healed like severe infection or surgical incision. Other causes don’t have a specific trigger (underlying tissue damage or prior injury). However, most cases are related to these diseases and conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Shingles
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve damage
  • Low back pain
  • Headache

Treating the leading cause is obviously very important. Nonetheless, that doesn’t always alleviate pain. Most doctors today, treat pain as disease on its own, requiring treatment that keeps in mind the patient’s psychological and physical health.

Understanding psychology and pain

At a basic level, anxiety is mainly a biology-related issue. Rogue nerves keep notifying your brain about a specific tissue injury that healed. Now, sophisticated psychological and social aspects also play a role in causing pain, and help ascertain who fares well and who doesn’t.

Negative emotions, such as anxiety, sadness, may aggravate pain. For instance, those who focus on their discomfort are often affected more by pain than those who take their pain more positively. Similarly, patients with the condition as a result of a work-related injury and report job satisfaction fare much better than those who say they don’t like their jobs.

Managing Pain

Effective management or counter of pain requires a multifaceted approach. It should consider emotional, social, and physical factors. It’s a complicated puzzle for physicians and patients alike. Different types of pain may require different treatments. But understanding the leading causes of the pain as well as the emerging techniques and therapies to counter them, it is possible to not only manage the pain but also overcome. To help you solve this complicated terrain, here are tips, advice and lifestyles changes:

Get some gentle exercise

Simple, regular exercises like dancing, swimming, walking, gardening can help ease pain by blocking pain signals to your brain. They also help reduce pain by stretching tense and stiff muscles, joints, and ligaments. It’s normal to feel more pain at the beginning, and you may be tempted to quit for fear of doing for more harm than good.

However, if you are resilient and become more active eventually, it’s unlikely you will do any harm or damage. The initial pain you experience is because the joints and muscles are getting fitter. At the end of the day, the benefits you will accrue far outweigh any pain.

Positive thinking

Switch your mind to something else such that the pain you are currently feeling is not the only thing occupying your mind. Do something that you enjoy. It can be knitting, swimming, or photography. They are possible, even for those that their mobility is limited.

When experiencing different types of pain, we tend to focus on what we are not able to do. Shifting your concentration on what you can actually do, instead of what you cannot, is a more positive approach to life and the world. Think about all the things you are thankful for. Yes, you have limitations, but that does not mean somebody else is better than you.

Pain relievers

Medication is also an option to counter pain. Your physician may prescribe pain relievers such as naproxen sodium, ibuprofen, and aspirin to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Reduce muscular aches
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Common Pain Relievers

Antidepressants

They help ease fatigue and pain. Make sure you talk to your doctor about the side effects of taking antidepressants for pain. They can cause loss of sexual desire, weight gain, and nausea in some people.

Talk to family and friends

Do not allow the pain to make you cut or minimize contact with people. Talking to family and friends is right for you and may help you feel better. Try short visits often. If you cannot move around, call a friend, or invite them for a chat or tea. Talk about anything apart from your pain.

Yoga

Research has shown that people who participate in yoga classes experience enhanced mood and reduced fatigue and pain. The specific exercises include:

  • Group discussions
  • Meditation
  • Gentle poses
  • Breathing exercises

These practices increase muscle strength, incorporate meditation, and teach various relaxation techniques. Just make sure the yoga instructor knows your condition so that they can change the posses as required for you.

Deep breathing

Breathe in deeply and hold for 5 to 10 seconds and then exhale. To help you concentrate, use a word to guide you. For example, you can breathe in ‘relaxation’ and breathe out ‘stress.’ Some many tablets and apps use images and sound to help you maintain proper breathing rhythms.

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture can also help relieve pain. It entails pricking certain parts of the body with needles to
  • Encourage blood flow
  • Promote self-healing
  • Counter various health conditions such as chronic pain
  • Adjust levels of neurotransmitters in the brain

Research done by the Journal of Rehabilitative Medicine shows those patients with chronic pain who tried acupuncture benefited from pain relief for over two years. If you can’t tolerate the pricking, acupressure may be an effective alternative. Risks of the solution include bruising, minor bleeding, and soreness after treatment. Also, make sure your acupuncture provider is authorized to reduce the chances of infection from unsterilized equipment.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy’s primary goal is to strengthen muscles and increase range of motion. This plays a critical role in minimizing pain. A therapist can customize a program to help relieve or manage pain or teach self-care methods, including pain education, to help patients manage pain and fatigue on their own. Similarly, research shows that pain education can lead to enhanced performance during workouts.

Is pain preventable?

Although you cannot prevent aging, change your genetic makeup or an accidental injury, lifestyle changes can help you avoid different types of pain;

  • Stop smoking or vaping
  • Stay active
  • Apply ergonomic factors to your workplace
  • Use proper body and posture mechanics
  • Lose weight
  • Improve physical fitness

Many types of pain are very well manageable by different means. If you suffer from pain, contact Mango Clinic Miami and schedule your appointment today; call us at (786) 422-9327

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Conditions Treated with Trigger Point Injections

A trigger point defines a sensitive portion comprising of a tight, constricted muscle. It derives its name from being an area on your body tender to the touch, yet having the propensity to induce pain when pressure is exerted. Often, there can be a multitude of such sensitive points in a single muscle. There are a handful of medical treatment options with trigger point injections being amongst the effective ones.

These subtle spots become apparent when a specific muscle is in a continuous state of contraction. Consequently, the region around the muscle may feel tight. Furthermore, you’re likely to experience intense pain (burning ache), an outcome of muscular contraction—making it significantly difficult for blood to circulate through the muscle. Fundamentally, this additional tension exerts stress on adjacent joints plus connective tissues.

Over time, trigger point injections have become substantially popular in the management of these sharp and intense pain on a specific muscle at rest or in motion.

So, how can trigger point injections offer you relief from chronic muscle pain? Let’s find out.

What Are Trigger Point Injections?

Trigger point injections are a straight forward procedure performed to relieve pain. The treatment involves the injection of medication into the trigger points—depending on the severity and cause of pain. The dosage may include a local anesthetic, a corticosteroid, or a botulinum toxin A (Botox).

While the anesthetic serves to block the pain receptors, corticosteroid reduces muscle and connective tissue inflammation. Moreover, Botulinum toxin A functions to interfere with nerve signaling pathways and prevent muscle contraction. If you have tense muscles, you might feel a crunching sensation after the injection. But the feeling goes away as the muscle relaxes. Sometimes you might also have a needle inserted, with no medication in it—this is known as “dry needling.” It helps relieve pain by making the trigger point inactive.

What Do Trigger Point Injections Treat?

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Trigger point injections have proven to be effective with minimal possible side effects

These injections help relieve pain that is caused by conditions that affect the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Such cases include myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, and chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

Myofascial pain syndrome—This health concern manifests itself as a musculoskeletal pain condition that affects the muscles and their surrounding tissue. In myofascial pain syndrome, trigger points stimulate pain responses in disparate body parts, a phenomenon known as referred pain.

The trigger point injections reduce localized muscle pain by relaxing the affected muscles and interrupting the nerve signaling pathways that cause referred pain.

Causes of myofascial trigger points include repetitive motions, trauma to a muscle, poor posture, and psychological stress. In addition to referred pain, when you have myofascial pain, you may also experience pain that intensifies when you stretch or move the affected muscle, muscle stiffness and weakness, limited motion, and muscle knots that you can feel by touch.

Fibromyalgia—Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that has symptoms similar to those of arthritis but affects the soft tissue instead of the joints. It is associated with widespread pain, sleep abnormalities, fatigue, and often distress.  Although its causes are unknown, some risk factors include infections, a family history of fibromyalgia, gender, and a history of an autoimmune disorder like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

With the condition, you might experience symptoms such as headaches, pain, and stiffness in the body, digestive issues, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. The condition causes widespread or systemic pain, which suggests that the pain comes from neurological problems that impact how the brain processes sensory information.

According to some studies, the medical intervention of trigger points in fibromyalgia patients produces significant relief of the pain and improves range of motion.

Headaches—Trigger points in the neck, shoulders, and head can contribute to a migraine and tension-like headache disorder. According to research, people with episodic migraines feature more trigger points than people without—while individuals with more myofascial trigger points also depicting more sensitivity to pressure pain. These findings suggest that myofascial trigger points influence the intensity of migraines. When treating headaches with trigger point injections, some specialists accompany the injections with peripheral nerve blocks in the same session.

Chronic pelvic pain syndrome—This pain syndrome not only affects the lower urinary tract, but also causes sexual dysfunction concerns, chronic pelvic health issues, besides interstitial cystitis, chronic prostatitis in men, and painful bladder syndrome in women. There may be a relation between reported painful sites in people with this syndrome and myofascial trigger points. Concentrating your therapy regime on trigger points outside and inside the pelvic floor has the potential to relieve symptoms.

How Are The Injections Done?

During the procedure, your doctor first locates the trigger point by pressing around the painful area, which may cause your muscle to twitch or hurt. The medic then cleans the area and then proceeds to inject medicine into that point in either one direction or more. If you have several trigger points in the muscle, the doctor might repeat the process. Your physician may stretch the area to relax the muscle or instruct you on how to stretch or move the muscle yourself.

This process takes between 10-30 minutes, depending on the number of trigger points present. But the actual injection takes only a few moments. Basically, the procedure does not require sedation. In fact, it’s frequently performed in the doctor’s office.
Trigger point injections may accompany other forms of treatment in the same session. And primarily, you should be in a position to continue with your daily activities immediately after the injection.

How Frequently Will You Require Trigger Point Injections?

Often a trigger point resolves fast after one injection. More so, if you have one trigger point, and the cause of the trigger point has effectively been removed. If you have trigger points resulting from chronic conditions like myofascial pain syndrome or fibromyalgia, they might, however, recur from the underlying problem.

In these cases, you will need to have the injections administered regularly or on a need basis.  The frequency of the treatment will depend on the medication administered. If you are having steroid medication injections, the sessions will be much less frequent, because steroids can expose tissues to the risk of damage or shrinkage.

What Side Effects Might You Experience From Trigger Point Injections?

Trigger point injections may cause some immediate and long-term side effects. Some people might experience temporary numbness or pain around the injection site, lightheadedness, dimpling or discoloration of the skin around the injection site, or bleeding.
Anesthetic trigger point injections may also cause myonecrosis, a severe form of muscle damage that may take 3-4 weeks to heal. Swelling, pain, and tenderness around the injection site wear off within a few hours. If you experience any side effect that does not go away within a couple of weeks, contact your doctor.

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What Are The Risks of Trigger Point Injections?

Trigger point injections rarely bring about any severe complications. However, they can lead to bruising, infection at the injection site, and muscle or nerve damage. Nevertheless, ultrasound imaging can help reduce the risk of developing any serious complications from the injections.

Trigger point injections are considered a safe treatment for chronic pain conditions. They can provide immediate relief for some patients, while for others, it might take a few days or even weeks. If you are experiencing chronic muscle pain, consult a doctor for further assessment and to establish if trigger point injections are a suitable option for you.

Contact us at Mango Clinic by dialing our toll-free number (1-888-578-6704) for all your healthcare needs including common acute pain problems, abdominal pain, back/muscle/joint pain, migraines, and counseling; schedule your appointment here.

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