Chronic pain comes in many forms and affects you in many different ways. Some forms of chronic pain can make it difficult to participate in physically demanding activities. Others make it difficult to walk. Some even affect you while you’re trying to rest. What all of these forms of chronic pain have in common is that those who are affected by them need professional treatment.
Treatments for chronic pain vary depending on the cause and severity of the pain. Sometimes, physical therapy or medication is the right treatment option. In other cases, orthopedic surgery is necessary.
When is orthopedic surgery the right option for treating chronic pain?
Usually, doctors will try conservative treatments before considering surgery. Surgery is often reserved as a last resort because it comes with higher levels of risk and can require more time for recovery. Physical therapy, medication, and chiropractic care are some conservative methods that may be used for chronic pain.
Orthopedic specialists can also use interventional pain management methods for reducing chronic pain. These are minimally-invasive procedures that usually make use of injections for reducing pain.
If conservative treatments or interventional procedures are not successfully reducing your pain, your doctor may recommend surgery. Doctors may also skip considering conservative treatments if your pain is severe enough to benefit from surgery.
How can orthopedic surgery treat chronic pain?
Fortunately, advancements in medical technology have made many orthopedic surgical procedures more minimally invasive and less risky. Orthopedic surgeons have a variety of techniques for reducing pain caused by many different conditions. Depending on the cause of your pain, surgeons may perform procedures such as:
- Repairing damaged soft tissue
- Total or partial joint replacement
- Spinal fusion
- Bone spur removal and more
Visit the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute for chronic pain treatment
At the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute, our orthopedic surgeons specialize in a variety of procedures for reducing and preventing chronic pain. We also offer minimally invasive interventional pain management and chiropractic care treatments.
Our doctors can examine your physical condition and review your medical history to determine which treatment is right for you. Contact our team today to learn more about treating chronic pain or to schedule an initial appointment.