Pain is the body’s way of calling attention to a problem. Though it can signal for you to stop an offending activity or seek medical assessment for an injury or illness, ongoing pain can be physically and mentally exhausting—and the more severe it is and the longer it lasts, the greater the negative effects on your life and well-being. Sound familiar?
Don’t let orthopedic pain dictate what you can do or prevent you from living your best life. Whether you’re struggling with acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) musculoskeletal pain, a comprehensive pain management plan could help you reduce discomfort, so you can feel better and do more. Fortunately, if you’re living with pain and looking for help, you’ve come to the right place.
At Northwest Extremity Specialists, we understand how frustrating it can be to feel like pain stands between you and your dreams—or ruins your plans for the day (day after day after day). Our accomplished team of orthopedic specialists helps patients gain control of difficult-to-manage neck, shoulder, knee, wrist, elbow, and other kinds of pain and improve their quality of life.
Orthopedic Pain Management
Pain management is a vital component of initial care for orthopedic injuries such as ACL, meniscus, labral, or rotator cuff tears. In addition to making you more comfortable immediately after an injury, pain management can also be beneficial before and after surgery, during recovery, while coping with pain caused by a chronic health issue like arthritis, or anytime when persistent pain dominates your thoughts, interrupts your plans, or harms your physical or mental health.
There are numerous ways to manage orthopedic pain. A robust management plan may include one or more of the following pain relief or reduction strategies:
- R.I.C.E. Standing for rest, ice, compress, and elevate, R.I.C.E. can be an effective first-line treatment for minor orthopedic injuries
- Over-the-counter pain relief medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
- Prescription drugs, such as oral pain medicines or anti-inflammatories, corticosteroid and anesthetic injections, or skeletal muscle relaxers
- Physical therapy and other movement therapies
- Activity modifications
- Advanced options, such as radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal pain pumps, and others
- Surgery, both minimally-invasive and traditional open techniques and procedures
Get an Orthopedic Pain Management Plan That’s Just Right for You
When you’re living with daily pain, you need effective solutions to help you feel better. That’s exactly what we offer at Northwest Extremity Specialists. Our caring and capable orthopedic surgeons and pain management team will work with you to create a personalized plan. The treatments, therapies, and pain management techniques included in your plan are based on wide-ranging, individualized factors, including:
- Your health and medical history
- Your past experiences with pain, pain medication, and pain management interventions
- The type of orthopedic injury or condition and its prognosis (for example, whether the problem will likely require surgery)
- Your career and lifestyle
- And many others
Our individualized pain management plans change with your condition. Rather than using the same therapies throughout the course of care, we’ll guide you step-by-step, adjusting and modifying treatment to meet your precise needs. As a result, your pain management strategies may change as you recover from your injury or learn to better manage a painful chronic illness.
No matter where you are in your journey to recovery, you can count on our compassionate care team to ensure you have the information and tools necessary to feel your best and return to a more active life. Ready to find out what our orthopedic specialists can do for you?
Schedule an Appointment With Our Orthopedic Pain Management Specialists
Don’t live a life limited by orthopedic pain. If your pain results in more “bad days” than good and you find yourself being forced to give up the activities you enjoy, it’s time to reach out for professional help.
Complete the online contact form or call 503-245-2420 to schedule an appointment with Northwest Extremity Specialists’ orthopedic surgeons and pain management team.