Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Long Island are specialists when it comes to treating various types of pain.  If you’ve ever stubbed your toe, you know what pain feels like, but what is pain? Pain is the uncomfortable feeling you get when nociceptors send messages to the brain that tissue is damaged. It can be chronic or acute and usually feels like anything from a burning sensation to pins and needles. Luckily, there are ways to treat/reduce pain. If your pain has come to a point where it is unbearable, get in touch with a pain management doctor in Suffolk County at Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Long Island. 

How Can Prescribed Medications Help Relieve Pain?

For years, people have been using medications to treat their pain. When it comes to over the counter drugs, NSAIDs reduce pain/inflammation by traveling through the bloodstream, finding the source of pain and ending it. NSAIDs end the pain by stopping the pain signals from reaching the brain. Whereas, prescribed drugs (opioids, oxycodone, etc.), works similarly but they attach to opioid receptors to stop pain signals. Although medication can be used to treat pain, the risk of taking any kind of drug can involve addiction, side effects, etc.  Before taking action, sit down with our pain management doctor in Suffolk County to learn what the best approach is for you to relieve your pain.

Understanding the Benefits of Therapy

Therapy has been another proven method of treating different types of pain. There are many different types of therapy such as physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc. Physical therapy can reduce pain by strengthening your muscles, improving joint mobility, massaging the body to relieve tension, nerve stimulation to produce endorphins, etc. Alternatively, cognitive behavioral therapy is all about what happens in your mind. A person undergoing this type of therapy works with a therapist to change their outlook on pain, reduce stress, as well as help you focus on the positive aspects of your life. One of our pain management doctors in Suffolk County, offers different forms of therapy to help you lessen your pain.  

Practicing Meditation for Pain Relief

When our body experiences stress, it produces a chemical reaction that results in an increase of cortisol. This production of cortisol can alter systems that our body doesn’t need in a highly stressful situation sometimes resulting in pain. Meditation is able to alleviate pain because it distracts you from your pain and eases your state of mind. This process stops the body from producing cortisol. There are no major risks with this treatment option.

How can our Pain Management Doctor in Suffolk County Help?

Whether it be chronic or acute, experiencing pain is not enjoyable. If you’re currently living in pain, our pain management doctor in Suffolk County, Dr. Rai is a board-certified specialist that will work with you to improve your pain and help you return to doing the activities you love. Call now to book your appointment with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Long Island today!