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Pain: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2024

What is the treatment?

According to the International Association for the Study of Pains, “pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with the actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” Pains can be experienced in any part of the body, be it arms, legs, head, feet, hands, stomach, abdomen or any other. Pains can be of two types- acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is when you feel sudden and severe pain in any part of your body. You may feel it during injury, surgery or sickness. Triggered by tissue damage, this pain goes away after a certain period of time. Chronic pain itself is considered as a health condition. It lasts for a very long time and you might not be able to understand the treason behind it. Simple pain relieving medications work in 20% - 70% of the cases. If medications do not work, you have the option to go for physio therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic or surgery.

How is the treatment done?

Muscle pain is one of the most common kinds of pain. It could be due to muscle cramps, repetitive strain injuries, influenza and other diseases. The first thing you must do after you experience pain is consult a physician. A physician will diagnose the cause of your pain and suggest the remedy accordingly. Medications are known to cure most cases of pain. There over the counter pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen available to get over the pain you are going through. In more severe cases, morphine or fentanyl may be prescribed. If medications do not work, you can try physio therapy. A physio therapist will suggest and assist you in doing a range of exercises that you must do regularly to gain the mobility of your painful boy part back. Availing professional massage might be of help as it may soothe some pains. Chiropractic is a treatment that works for disorders of musculoskeletal system specially the spinal cord. In extreme cases, you may have to go for surgeries to resolve your troubles.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you have been experiencing pain in any body part for more than a week, you must not ignore it. Consult a physician, diagnose its cause and get it cured.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Short termed, mild pains do not need to be treated by professionally. Wait for 2-3 days before consulting a doctor.

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Are there any side effects?

Some strong medications may result in redness, itching or irritation in skin. You may also feel heavy headed and nausea after consuming certain medications. There is nothing to be concerned about. However, if the effects linger, do consult a doctor.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You must keep exercising regularly and keep your body active. Consume a healthy diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, pulses etc. The food you eat determines the condition of your body.

How long does it take to recover?

The recovery time period depends on the organ where you are experiencing pain and the severity of your condition.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Price of the treatment depends on the kind of treatment you may have to undergo and the the severity of your condition.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are mostly permanent if you do not suffer from any other chronic disease.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

You can try home massages, hot/ cold treatments or some special foods known to relive pains in the areas you are struggling with.

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