Last updated 5 days ago
Chronic pain is a very real condition that often has a significant impact on your mental health. Constant pain can wear on your mind as well as your body, and mental factors are sometimes responsible for exacerbating feelings of pain. At the Pain and Wellness Center, we take a psychological approach to pain treatment in addition to addressing the physical causes of pain.
How the Mind and Body Perceive Pain
When the body feels pain, a signal is transmitted to the brain via the nervous system. However, the brain can choose how much pain is ultimately perceived. Every person feels pain differently, and the perception of pain may vary depending upon your mental state. Physicians know that mental conditions such as depression, stress, and foul moods can amplify the perception of physical pain. Additionally, chronic pain often leads to feelings of helplessness and depression, creating a cycle of worsening pain. Thus, treating chronic pain effectively requires a treatment plan that addresses both the physical and mental aspects of condition.
How Mental Treatment Improves Physical Pain
Treating depression and reducing stress can have a profound effect on chronic pain. In many cases, chronic pain cannot be completely eliminated, but it can be reduced and managed. Learning to accept this fact can help patients to develop more positive ways of thinking. By limiting thoughts and moods that exacerbate pain, those with chronic pain can live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Treatment options include physical activity, group or family therapy, one-on-one therapy, and stress reduction techniques such as massage, yoga, and journaling. Together with your physician, you will explore the treatment techniques that work best for you to reduce the influence of chronic pain in your life.
The physicians at the Pain and Wellness Center understand the mental impact of chronic pain. We are here to help you find the complete lifestyle solution that will help you to manage your pain and live a healthy, productive life. You can reach us by calling (781) 780-3616 or clicking on our web contact form.
Last updated 12 days ago
Many women suffer with chronic pain on an everyday basis. Understanding the possible causes of your pain and the potential treatment options will help you aid your doctor in making the right diagnosis.
This video offers three important tips for women dealing with chronic pain. Take charge of your treatment by informing yourself about the possible causes of your pain before you visit your physician. Providing your doctor with as much detail as possible about your pain will help him to assess your condition accurately and develop an effective treatment plan.
If you are experiencing chronic pain, the Pain and Wellness Center of Peabody is here to help. Call us today at (781) 780-3616 to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward effective relief. Visit us on the web if you’d like to learn more about our mission and treatment options.
Last updated 22 days ago
If you experience constant pain, stiffness, or other discomfort in your knee that interferes with your ability to enjoy everyday life, your doctor may suggest knee surgery. During knee replacement surgery, the damaged portions of the knee joint are removed and replaced with artificial surfaces. After surgery, physical therapy and personal training at the Pain and Wellness Center of Peabody will reduce pain and restore mobility for a full recovery.
Follow Instructions for Medication
After your surgery, your physician will prescribe medication. You may require antibiotics to prevent infection and anticoagulants to reduce the chances of developing a blood clot. Follow your physician’s instructions regarding these medications carefully, and continue taking them until you are told to stop. You may also be prescribed pain medication. Begin taking pain medication as soon as you wake up to head off pain before it begins. Over the next few days, you can gauge your comfort level and adjust the amount of painkillers you take.
Keep Up Physical Therapy
Shortly after surgery, you will begin physical therapy to rehabilitate the knee joint. Maintaining a regular schedule of physical therapy is essential for a full recovery. Physical therapy helps to prevent scar tissue and stiffness in your knee. It also helps you to build the strength and flexibility you need to perform necessary daily tasks such as standing, sitting, walking, and driving. In order for physical therapy to be effective, you must continue to attend sessions regularly. If you are given exercises to practice at home between your appointments, make sure you complete them to the best of your ability. Most people attend physical therapy for a number of months following their surgery until they regain full mobility in the knee joint.
At the Pain and Wellness Center, we can help you recover from joint replacement surgery quickly and fully. If you’d like to learn more about our treatment options, including personal training, physical therapy, and massage therapy, please call us today at (781) 780-3616. You can find more information about recovering from surgery on our website.
Last updated 24 days ago
The spinal canal is a hollow space in the vertebrae through which the spinal cord travels. Foramina are openings in the vertebrae that allow nerves branching off from the spinal cord to reach the rest of the body. In patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis, these openings become narrower in the vertebrae of the lower back. This restricts the space for the nerves and causes pain, weakness, and numbness. Symptoms are felt in the low back, buttocks, and legs. The most common causes of lumbar spinal stenosis are arthritis and degenerative disc disease. Other causes include spinal tumors, infections, and disorders that affect the growth of bone. Treatment options for lumbar spinal stenosis vary, ranging from management of pain and inflammation via medication and physical therapy to surgically stabilizing the spine in a process called spinal fusion.
If you are suffering from back pain related to lumbar spinal stenosis, the experienced staff at the Pain and Wellness Center can help. Our Peabody pain clinic offers a wide variety of treatment and pain management solutions all under one roof for your convenience. Check us out on the web or call (781) 780-3616 to learn more.
Last updated 1 month ago
MILD, or minimally invasive lumbar decompression, is a treatment for patients suffering from leg and back pain related to central canal lumbar spinal stenosis. The MILD procedure has been available since early 2012 as a solution for patients who do not respond to other conservative forms of treatment for pain management. MILD is a safe and effective procedure that, while new, has nonetheless provided excellent long-term results by restoring mobility and relieving pain in the majority of patients.
Pain Caused by Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces through which the spine and nerves travel. Lumbar spinal stenosis affects the vertebrae in the lower back, where compression of the nerves causes pain, numbness, and muscle weakness in the lower body. The symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis may interfere with your ability to perform normal daily tasks, limiting the amount of time you can stand or the distance you can comfortably walk.
MILD Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
MILD is a fast, effective, and safe outpatient procedure to address the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis. The procedure requires only a local anesthetic. During the MILD procedure, your physician will make a small incision only less than an inch in your back. Specially-designed surgical tools are inserted through the incision and guided by real-time imaging technology. Small pieces of bone and ligament are removed, providing increased space for the nerves or spinal cord. The entire procedure takes less than one hour, after which you will return home to recover. You can expect to return to light activities within just a few days. Patients report at 53% reduction in pain and an increase in both standing time and walking distance following the MILD procedure.
If you would like to learn more about the MILD procedure and your other treatment options for back pain in Boston, call the Pain and Wellness Center today at (781) 780-3616. We offer an on-site ambulatory and surgical center to provide top-quality, convenient care to our patients. Read through our blog to learn more about back pain and your treatment options.