Acute Pain Management

Overview

Acute pain is generally temporary pain brought on suddenly by something specific such as an injury, surgery, or infection.  Management for acute pain involves a variety of methods to prevent, stop, or reduce pain. These include medications, physical therapy, and psychological methods.

What is Pain?

Pilates gets your mind in tune with your body. Emphasizing proper breathing, The peripheral nervous system (PNS) warns the central nervous system (CNS) of injury or potential injury to the body through pain. The brain and spinal cord compose the CNS, while the nerves throughout the body compose the PNS.

Pain Process

When the brain receives pain messages, it coordinates a response. This response causes natural pain killers, called endorphins, to block further pain messages from that source.

What Works in Pain Management?

Pain relievers, anti-inflammatory, narcotics, anti-depressants, and anti-convulsants are frequently used for the treatment of pain. Other non-pharmacological options for management of pain include relaxation techniques like Yoga and meditation. These allow the individual to consciously attempt to modify skin temperature, muscle tension, blood pressure, and heart rate. Physical therapy is also beneficial and allows the individual to perform exercises to reduce stress, strengthen muscles, and stay fit.