Two Noninvasive Pain Management Options for Patients Suffering From Chronic Pain
Living with chronic pain can be devastating, especially since the pain consistently occurs for weeks, months, and even years. This kind of pain will affect every aspect of your life, both physically, mentally, and emotionally. Chronic pain can seriously impair your ability to work, to exercise, and to sleep. Getting out bed in the morning can be a real challenge. Chronic pain can even leave patients battling depression and anxiety.
A multidisciplinary approach must be taken to treat chronic pain, which may include medications, staying active, getting enough sleep, and using technology to help relieve pain. At Analgesic Healthcare, we believe that in providing patients with drug-free pain management and rehabilitation. We want to help doctors empower their patients giving sharing an overview of two pain management options: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and Lumbo Sacra Orthotic (LSO).
1. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a non-invasive tool used to assist patients with pain relief. The TENS unit is a small, battery-powered machine powered by a 9-volt battery. During therapy, two self-adhesive electrodes connected to the TENS unit are applied to the skin. The device stimulates nerves by sending low-voltage electrical pulses through the skin. The TENS unit does not cure the patient’s condition, rather it relieves the patient of pain for up to four hours following the therapy session. To treat chronic pain, patients should use the device for 20-30 minutes and up to five times weekly. The TENS unit can be used to treat chronic pain in areas such as the neck, back, shoulders, hips, knees, and feet. Some of the benefits of TENS include:
- Easy to use
- Increases circulation
- Reduces inflammation
- Provides immediate relief
- A drug alternative for treating pain
- Stimulates the body to produce higher levels of endorphins to combat pain
Keep in mind that the majority of TENS users do not experience side effects; however, an estimated 2-3 percent of users may experience the following:
- An allergic skin reaction. Latex-free pads will lessen this reaction.
- Soreness in treated area. To lessen this occurrence, avoid overusing the unit.
- Muscle twitching/unpleasant sensations. To lessen this occurrence, avoid setting the intensity too high.
2. Lumbo-Sacral Orthotic (LSO)
Back is one of the most common reasons people visit a doctor. Many people have resigned themselves to living with back pain, especially when it is of a chronic nature. Chronic back pain tends to be difficult to treat, especially when patients have experienced a failed back surgery or when the pain is neuropathic in nature. However, aside from TENS, another solution for chronic back pain suffers is lumbo-sacral orthotic.
The Lumbosacral Orthotic device is used specifically to restrict motion in the lumbar spine, to stabilize the lumbosacral spine through intra-abdominal pressure, and to reduce pressure on individual vertebrae. The LSO device encourages good posture and muscle relaxation which decreases pain.
Indications for a Lumbosacral Orthosis include:
- Low or mid back pain
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar strain or fracture
- Spinal stenosis
- Bulging discs
Unfortunately, many people resort to using medication to get relief from chronic pain, but there is another solution. Analgesic Healthcare is a proud provider of the XBack Prolift Plus. This one piece brace immobilizes the wearer from the sacrococcygeal junction to above T9 vertebra. The side lateral panels provide lateral stability while the split front panel centers the brace on the abdomen while providing intracavitary pressure/hydrostatic lift which reduces the load on the intervertebral discs. The brace is less bulky in comparison to other braces and is made of a single layer of soft moisture-wicking material. Users will find that it is easy to put on and adjust.
To speak with an Analgesic Healthcare representative about noninvasive pain management devices for your patients, please contact us at 1-800-749-1188.