We talk a lot about how to reduce and manage pain (both acute and chronic) stemming from a variety of injuries and conditions. But should your goal always be zero pain, or is a little bit of pain good? That’s our topic for today’s pain management article.
Pain is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong. As such, our ability to feel pain is absolutely essential for survival. When you touch a hot pan on the stove with your fingers, pain signals are sent to and from your brain to your fingers. This is basically the body telling you “That’s too hot – don’t touch!”
Imagine what would happen if you weren’t able to feel this pain. Your body wouldn’t immediately alert you to the fact that the oven is too hot. As a result, you would likely burn yourself much worse than you would have if you’d felt the pain and removed your hand right away.
So our ability to feel pain is an essential survival tool, and the goal should not be feeling no pain whatsoever. That being said, if you are suffering from pain as the result of an injury or chronic pain condition, you shouldn’t just accept that you can’t do anything about your pain. There are many options available to treat all types of pain! It’s also important to manage expectations when it comes to pain. Don’t expect to never feel any pain again after a treatment. Most times, it doesn’t work that way. It’s all about effectively managing the pain over time.
Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN is one of the leading providers of pain management care in the state of Minnesota. Our pain specialists have over two decades of experience treating acute and chronic pain from a variety of conditions and injuries. If you or a loved one is suffering through pain, take action and get the treatment you need. Our pain care team will fully diagnose your pain, find out the cause, and develop a treatment strategy that fits your particular needs. Contact us at our Edina pain clinic today to set up your appointment.