Facing pain can be exhausting and scary. If you suffer from arthritis, you might feel like you’re living in silent agony. Finding a balance between comfort and quality of life can be difficult. However, the right arthritis treatment addresses your therapeutic needs from a physical, pharmaceutical, psychological, and emotional perspective.
Arthritis Can Cause Chronic Issues
Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that makes your joints ache. Although, it does more than cause you pain. The condition limits your mobility and diminishes your quality of life if you don’t get the right arthritis treatment.
Additionally, the condition can cause fatigue, which makes pain harder to manage. When you’re not sleeping well, you may become exhausted. Consequently, this may cause depression and anxiety to develop.
The side effects of medication may contribute to these feelings. Some drugs can make you drowsy, preventing you from getting the right exercise.
Over time, you could develop major mental illness symptoms. If the prescriptions that the doctor administers aren’t working, what are your other options?
How Is Chronic Pain Treated?
There are a variety of methods for treating long-term discomfort. Usually, doctors use mild treatment until more intense therapy is necessary. For example, you might begin with anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. If your pain continues, your physician may prescribe narcotics.
Opioid pain medications are more powerful than over-the-counter drugs. Opioids bind to receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal system that are responsible for sending and receiving pain signals. They block the pain, however, they don’t remedy the underlying inflammation or joint damage.
Over time, you may build a tolerance to opioids. This means you need more opioids to deliver the same amount of pain relief. Doctors may hesitate to increase your dosage because needing more indicates that you’re becoming dependent on it.
As you take more painkillers, your body stops producing natural feel-good chemicals. Therefore, you might feel the physical symptoms of arthritis more intensely when the medication wears off. Eventually, you might feel like you need the drugs just to get out of bed.
Still, because opioids cause many side effects, you won’t feel at your best. Unfortunately, you might be stuck in a cycle of addiction that affects your quality of life. You haven’t been able to manage your pain effectively and may feel worse than you did before because of the cumulative effects of the medication.
Arthritis Treatment Facilities Can Bring You Hope
A variety of arthritis treatment approaches can reduce your dependence on medication while helping you find relief. Although you may view arthritis as a physical disease, a psychological approach can reduce the severity of your symptoms.
Overall, chronic pain affects your body, mind, and emotions. Understanding the thoughts, actions, and feelings that accompany your pain can help you feel less distress. Psychotherapy can reduce the intensity of your pain.
At Driftwood Recovery, we treat Clients who are coping with addiction as well as underlying pain. We work with you to develop an individualized acute pain care plan for regaining mobility and well-being.
Before we begin chronic pain treatment, we will ask about the specific symptoms your conditions cause. You’ll tell us about the treatments you’ve tried and details about your pain management. In addition, you’ll share any concerns about your treatment with your addiction counselor.
We’ll help you learn techniques for managing pain without medication. We’ll also work toward changing your deeply rooted beliefs about pain so you can work to psychologically overcome discomfort.
We use a multifaceted approach to help you healthily cope with pain and addiction. Our Clients take part in treatments that include:
- Family therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- 12 Step program
- Yoga therapy
You don’t have to let pain limit you from living a fulfilling, meaningful life. Call us at 866-426-4694 to learn how you can begin healing at our 85-acre facility in Driftwood, Texas.