Helping Older Adults Manage Chronic Pain

As we are getting older, our bodies start showing the signs of constant wear and tear. And one of the most common signs of this is chronic pain. It is the result of degenerative conditions of the spine and joints and various accidents and injuries over the years. At our Easley pain center, caring for the most vulnerable patients and helping with chronic pain management in older adults is one of our priorities.

Let us understand how widespread this issue is and how we can help.

The Occurrence of Chronic Pain Increases Progressively with Age

Recent statistical data show that instances of chronic pain grow in significant leaps from age group to age group. This condition affects U.S. adults as follows:

  • 13.7% of 25-44 age group
  • 26.8% of 45-64 age group
  • 30% of 65-84 age group
  • 34.3% of 85 and over age group

The challenges of managing constant pain in older adults come from the associated conditions they suffer from – especially cardiovascular diseases – and the medications they take for these conditions.

Prescription painkillers and invasive procedures, such as surgery, may not be a good option in this situation.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Chronic Pain Management in Older Adults

Our team of doctors follows the most recent recommendations made by specialists to help older patients enjoy life free of pain.

These recommendations refer to a multimodal approach involving both drugs and non-drug therapies. Here are the various treatment options we offer for chronic pain management in older adults.

Medication Management

We make a complete assessment of a patient’s current condition and medical history, looking specifically at:

  • Ongoing treatments
  • Allergies and contraindications
  • Dietary restrictions

Based on these, we select the types of painkillers that do not interfere with other drugs and do not pose a risk of negative side effects. Our doctors will determine the adequate dosage for the best effects without risk of developing tolerance.

the risk of developing painful conditions increases with age

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic adjustments improve degenerative conditions such as arthritis and spinal stenosis and help patients enjoy increased mobility while experiencing relief from pain.  The chiropractors at our Easley pain center are also experienced in specific massage techniques, which have multiple benefits:

  • Improving blood circulation
  • Maintaining muscle strength and flexibility
  • Reducing stress and stress-related pain
  • Preventing the formation of scar tissue in case of joint inflammation

Injections

Injections with nerve blocks and steroids are extremely effective for providing relief from pain caused by chronic conditions over a longer period of time – up to several months. These injections are performed in or near the precise nerve that sends the pain signals to the brain.

The procedure is safe for most patients and does not have many contraindications.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Chronic pain management for older adults who cannot be treated with drugs and chiropractic is extremely difficult. In this case, it is necessary to find a treatment that provides long-term results.

The answer is often radiofrequency ablation, a procedure using reduced levels of electric current to destroy the nerve endings that send pain signals. The nerves will eventually regenerate, but this takes up to one year. Thus, patients may enjoy a pain-free life with only one procedure per year.

Let the Doctors at Our Easley Pain Center Help You Live without Pain!

Pain does not have to be your daily companion as you are getting older. We can help you manage chronic pain while making sure that our treatments do not interfere with other drugs you need to take.

Call us today to schedule your first appointment at our Easley pain center: 864-513-8950!