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    Pain Scales: How to Talk About Pain Symptoms

    Last updated 8 months ago

    When seeking treatment for chronic pain from a physician, it’s important to be as accurate as possible about the pain you are feeling. Learning how to describe your symptoms in a way that will help your physician assess your situation will lead to a quicker diagnosis and more effective treatment. A pain scale is one method that many physicians use to help them understand their patients’ pain. Because every person feels pain differently, a scale allows your physician to directly determine how your pain is affecting you and your quality of life. You will rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten. A rating of zero indicates absolutely no pain, while a rating of ten indicates overwhelming pain and agony. Rating your pain on a scale and discussing what an acceptable level of pain might be will help your doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan to improve your everyday life.

    At the Pain and Wellness Center, we proudly provide excellent patient care using state-of-the-art technology in Peabody, MA. We invite you to discover the difference our personalized care can make by calling (781) 780-3616 or clicking through our website. 

    Managing the Psychological Impact of Chronic Pain

    Last updated 8 months 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. 

    Chronic Pain in Women: What You Need to Know

    Last updated 8 months 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.

    Recovering from Knee Surgery

    Last updated 8 months 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.

    Understanding Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

    Last updated 9 months 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.

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