Managing Chronic Pain – Orthopedic Solutions and Lifestyle Changes

Managing Chronic Pain - Orthopedic Solutions and Lifestyle Changes
Dr Shawn P Harrington
Dr. Shawn P. Harrington

Chronic pain can be a heavy burden, affecting not only your physical well-being but your overall quality of life. In this blog post, we’ll explore evidence-based orthopedic interventions and lifestyle adjustments that can make a significant difference in managing chronic pain. The goal here is to empower you with knowledge and offer solutions that can help you lead a more pain controlled and fulfilling life.

Orthopedic Interventions:

Physical Therapy: One of the cornerstones of orthopedic care, physical therapy (PT) focuses on strengthening muscles, improving joint mobility, and reducing pain frequency and intensity. It’s a collaborative approach where a skilled therapist tailors exercises to your specific needs. PT requires a clinician’s prescription in my cases.

Minimally Invasive Procedures: While rarely necessary, orthopedic surgeons can perform minimally invasive surgeries, such as arthroscopy, to treat various joint conditions. These procedures often lead to quicker recovery and less pain compared to traditional “open” surgeries.

Joint Injections: Corticosteroid and other supplemental injections can provide significant relief for conditions like osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendonitis and the like. They help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, allowing you to regain mobility and can often be used in conjunction with other treatments to speed the recovery timeline.

Orthotic Devices: Custom orthotic devices, like shoe inserts, splints, or braces, can correct alignment issues and relieve pain, particularly in conditions like plantar fasciitis, ligament instability, or knee osteoarthritis.

Lifestyle Adjustments:

Exercise and Weight Management: Regular low-impact exercises, like swimming, weight training, rowing, or cycling, can strengthen muscles and reduce the pressure on joints. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial, as excess pounds can exacerbate pain in weight-bearing joints due to joint load, ligament stress, and muscle fatigue.

Nutrition: A well-balanced diet can have a significant impact on inflammation and pain. Incorporate anti-inflammatory foods such as fatty fish, turmeric, and fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals. For more information, consider looking up the “Anti-inflammatory Lifestyle” online or asking us directly for more information or a referral to a nutrition specialist at MCH.

Stress Management: Chronic pain can be emotionally taxing. Practices like mindfulness meditation, art, and yoga can help manage stress and improve your pain tolerance as does improving one’s sleep, quitting nicotine, and alleviating other stress inducing aspects of ones’ life.

Quality Sleep: A good night’s sleep is essential for pain management. Ensure your sleep environment is comfortable, cool, dark, and free from blue light screens. We recommend you establish a consistent sleep schedule to improve your overall well-being.

Community Support: Reach out to local support groups and community organizations. Sharing your experiences and learning from others who face similar challenges can be incredibly empowering.

It’s important to remember that every individual’s experience with chronic pain is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Orthopedic interventions and lifestyle adjustments can complement each other, so working with your healthcare team to create a personalized plan is essential.

In closing, managing chronic pain is a journey that requires collaboration, and honesty with yourself and your healthcare providers. It’s about finding what works best for you and your unique circumstances. In the supportive community of those who understand chronic pain, you can gain the knowledge and strength needed to take control of your life. Monadnock Orthopaedic Associates is here to help.

Stay strong and remember, there is hope for a brighter, less painful tomorrow.

Dr. Shawn P. Harrington
Dr. Shawn P. Harrington

Orthopedic Solutions and Lifestyle Changes Orthopedic Interventions Physical Therapy Minimally Invasive Procedures Joint Injections Orthotic Devices Lifestyle Adjustments Nutrition Stress Management Quality Sleep Community Support

Why Choose Monadnock Orthopaedic Associates?

Our board-certified chronic pain management specialists combine decades of experience with training from prestigious institutions like the Mayo Clinic. We offer comprehensive orthopedic care using advanced techniques and technology, all while providing personalized attention. At Monadnock Orthopaedic Associates, we’re committed to getting you back to pain-free living as quickly as possible with expert, compassionate care tailored to your unique needs. Choose us for expert care that’s close to home, where your well-being is our highest priority.

Monadnock Orthopedic Associates
Monadnock Orthopaedic Associates

Monadnock Community Hospital
Bond Wellness Center Suite 200
458 Old Street Road
Peterborough, NH 03458
Phone: 603-924-2144
Fax: 603-924-3993