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5 Benefits of a Customized Pain Management Plan

Jan 09, 2024
5 Benefits of a Customized Pain Management Plan
Pain comes in all shapes and sizes. And, like suits, car accessories, and streaming services, pain management works better when customized to fit your needs and lifestyle. 

Our Integrity Spine and Orthopedics team in Jacksonville, Florida understands that while pain is a universal experience, its underlying cause and impact varies significantly from person to person. This is why we tailor pain management to suit your needs and circumstances.

Consider these five benefits of a customized pain management plan.

1. Targeted relief

One of the primary advantages of a customized pain management plan is its ability to provide targeted relief. Generic approaches to pain management may not address the specific factors contributing to an individual's pain.

A personalized plan, on the other hand, focuses on the root causes of your pain, allowing for targeted interventions. For instance, oral medications may not supply adequate pain relief for conditions such as arthritis or a pinched nerve.   

In that case, you may benefit from a corticosteroid injection or another injection-based therapy to relieve inflammation and pain at the site. This offers quick pain relief and makes it possible to participate in conservative treatments such as physical therapy, often reducing the need for more invasive procedures.   

2. Holistic approach

A customized plan takes a comprehensive approach to pain, addressing your symptoms from multiple angles. For instance, if you struggle with knee pain related to arthritic changes, your plan may include joint injections to reduce discomfort and inflammation.

You may also benefit from an improved diet and a joint-friendly exercise program that includes swimming or cycling. The diet can help reduce inflammation over time, a significant pain contributor, and the low-impact exercise can strengthen muscles that support your knees.

3. Increased compliance and engagement

Customizing your pain management plan includes patient education and discussion, including our reasoning for recommending certain therapies.

For instance, physical therapy plans usually include in-office sessions and home exercise routines that build strength and flexibility. Skipping your home workout can stall your recovery. Conversely, increasing your reps or weights prematurely or working out more frequently than instructed can lead to further injury.  

We’ve found that when individuals understand and actively participate in the details of their pain management plan, they are more likely to adhere to the prescribed strategy.

4. Minimized side effects

A “one size fits all” treatment strategy may include pain medications that can temporarily relieve discomfort but produce unwanted side effects. By tailoring a plan to your individual needs and targeting the source of your pain, we can minimize unwanted side effects and their impact on daily function.

5. Long-term results

Rather than a quick, temporary fix, our customized pain management strategies at Integrity Spine and Orthopedics are designed for long-term results. Our goal is to offer the best treatments available to reduce your pain, increase your mobility, and improve your overall quality of life.

Schedule an evaluation today by calling the Integrity Spine and Orthopedics office or requesting an appointment online.