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Pain and inflammation overview and treatment options available.
At .doctor, we pride ourselves on providing easily accessible, high-quality healthcare solutions. We’re here to help you understand and manage both pain and inflammation, both in the short and long term.
Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage. It is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. It can be sharp or dull, intermittent or constant, and can range from mild to severe.
Inflammation, on the other hand, is a critical component of the body’s immune response. It’s the process by which your body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect you from infection from foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. However, in some diseases, such as arthritis, the body’s defence system — the immune system — triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off.
Symptoms of Pain and Inflammation
The symptoms of pain can be highly variable, depending on the source and severity of the issue. They may include:
- A sharp or throbbing sensation
- An ongoing dull ache
- Intermittent discomfort
- Pain that worsens with movement or pressure
Inflammation often manifests with one or more of the following five classic signs:
- Loss of function
What Causes Pain and Inflammation?
Pain and inflammation can occur due to a variety of causes. Inflammation is often a response to injury, infection, or illness, particularly in situations where your body is trying to fight off harmful microorganisms or heal itself. Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, are also known to cause inflammation.
Pain can also be triggered by a multitude of factors, including but not limited to injury, disease, surgery, nerve damage, or conditions like fibromyalgia. Sometimes, the cause of pain may not be clear and requires professional medical evaluation.
How is Pain and Inflammation Diagnosed?
Pain and inflammation are diagnosed through a combination of clinical history, physical examination, and, when necessary, diagnostic testing. During a consultation, your .doctor practitioner will ask about your symptoms, when they began, and any potential triggers.
Your doctor may also perform a physical examination, checking for areas of tenderness, swelling, and redness. Additional tests, such as blood tests, imaging studies (like X-rays, CT scans, or MRI), or specialised nerve studies, might be necessary, depending on the suspected underlying cause.
Treatment Options for Pain and Inflammation
Treatment of pain and inflammation is guided by the underlying cause, the severity of symptoms, and the individual’s overall health status. Options include:
- Medications: Over-the-counter drugs like paracetamol (acetaminophen), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and topical creams are often first-line treatments. Prescription medications may also be used, depending on the severity and type of pain.
- Physical therapy: This can help strengthen your body and improve flexibility, reducing pain in the process.
- Lifestyle modifications: Regular exercise, a healthy diet, stress management, and good sleep habits can also contribute to pain reduction.
- Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat the underlying cause of pain.
- Complementary therapies: Techniques such as acupuncture, massage, and mindfulness meditation may be beneficial for some individuals.
At .doctor, we are dedicated to finding the best treatment plan for you. Through our bulk billing General Practitioner practice, we aim to provide affordable, comprehensive care for all Australians.
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More than just treatment for pain and inflammation.
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This allows our GPs to give you the best advice every time – more than just treatment for pain and inflammation.
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