Pain management is different for everyone and becomes even more so as we age. For seniors, pain can become an everyday event which needs to be met with proper procedures and management. Between 25-50% of all older people living at home, and up to 85% of older individuals living in nursing homes, report that they are in serious pain. However, just because you have pain, doesn't mean you have to stop living your life to the fullest. Here are a few pain management facts for seniors to help you get the most out of your life.
You Don't Have to Live with Pain
Luckily, in the past 150 years, pain management methods have become more diverse. No matter the source of your pain, there is likely a remedy for it. You need only reach out to your doctor. It's not a sign of weakness, it's a sign of intelligence. Why would anyone live with pain if they didn't have to?
Pain Management Doesn't Mean Medication
Most people dread the idea of adding a pill to their daily routine in order to manage pain, but you may not have to. In some instances, pain pills may be the only answer to your problem, but for many people, there are other methods. Physical therapy, massage, heating pads and topical creams may all be alternate routes to pain relief.
Smoking Can Amplify Pain
Smoking can increase back pain, along with other types of chronic pain. There is just another reason to motivate you to give up smoking and to continue to avoid it if you don't smoke.
Exercise Can Help Reduce Long-Term Pain
One of the best ways to ease joint pain is to exercise. We're not talking about doing a sprint or 50 sit-ups, but a nice power walk, a yoga class or a few laps in the pool can be beneficial to helping you ease pain in the long-term. It may be a little painful at first, but exercise can strengthen parts of your body to take pressure off of areas in which you have pain.
One Method Doesn't Fit All
If you are pursuing a route of pain management that doesn't seem to be working, you should try a different method. Some people believe they will simply have to deal with the pain, if a medicine or exercise doesn't work. That's not true. If you are still experiencing severe pain, despite your pain management plan, it's possible it's just not the right option for you. Talk to your doctor about trying alternate methods.
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