Pain Management

Managing pain is an important part of your treatment and recovery from an orthopaedic disorder or injury. Pain can cause sleeplessness, depression and limitations on your ability to move—all of which can slow down your recovery.

It is important to manage your pain before it becomes too intense. Be sure to tell your doctor when you have pain and discuss ways to deal with the pain. The sooner you treat pain, the less likely it is to get worse or cause other complications.

Pain can be:

  • Acute, lasting up to three months. It usually gets better after four to six weeks of home treatment. This type of pain is usually the result of an injury or a disorder such as arthritis. It can range from a muscle ache to a shooting or stabbing pain. Sometimes it limits your ability to move or stand up properly.
  • Recurrent, a repeat episode of acute symptoms. Most people have at least one episode of recurrent low back pain.
  • Chronic, lasting longer than three months. This type of pain often gets worse over time. Its cause can be difficult to identify.

Call your doctor if:

  • Your pain has gone on for more than three months
  • Your pain is interfering with your usual daily activities
  • You can't sleep because of pain
  • Your orthopaedic disorder or condition has healed, but pain is still there

Usually, pain is treated beginning with the least invasive and less potent measures first. If these don't work, your doctor will then try stronger approaches. At Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedics, a team of experts in orthopaedics and pain management carefully monitors each patient throughout treatment. Some treatments for pain include:

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