Pain Management

Orthopedic conditions can be painful. Your doctor will determine the best way to reduce your pain while you heal. Each patient’s pain management program is unique to their condition, and doctors may use a combination of medicines and therapies. 

Medication

Different medicines control pain in different ways. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS. They reduce pain by reducing inflammation. Acetaminophen, commonly known as Tylenol, is an analgesic that reduces pain by elevating the body’s pain threshold. Both NSAIDS and acetaminophen are widely available over-the-counter. 

 Opioids are powerful prescription pain medications like morphine and Percocet that block pain signals to the brain. Opioids are highly effective, but they are also a narcotic that can be addictive. If your doctor prescribes opioids, it is important to take only the prescribed dose and to stop taking the medicine as soon as your pain improves. 

Injections

Injections deliver medicine to a specific part of the body in order to reduce inflammation. Your doctor may prescribe cortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory steroid. Other orthopedic medicines that are delivered by injection include therapeutic nerve block injections, trigger point injections, and viscos supplementation for arthritic joints. 

Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation interrupts the pain signal that the nerves transmit to the brain. Your orthopedic practitioner will place small electrodes on the affected area of your body and attach them to a small device that produces electricity. Those electrical impulses then stimulate the nerves and interrupt the pain signal. 

Surgery

Surgery can be an effective form of pain management for patients who have not experienced relief from other forms of treatment. Our team will refer you to Dr. Lai Kuang, St. Lawrence Health System’s pain management physician, to discuss an appropriate procedure. 

Before and After Surgery
Prepare

Make sure you’re ready for your operation. 

Heal

Take good care of yourself as you recover.