Level 1

During the first level, your pain specialist will offer conservative treatment options. These treatment options will include rest and nutrition, exercise and physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), and cognitive and behavioral modification. Basic therapies are the first step designed to lessen pain, as the goal of these therapies is to reduce pain and improve mobility.

Rest and Nutrition

Your pain specialist will usually recommend sufficient rest and proper nutrition as a first line of therapy for the treatment of chronic pain. A rested and well-nourished individual is better equipped to battle physical stress and properly recover from pain.

Exercise and Physical Therapy

In addition to rest and medication, your physician may recommend a program that includes physical conditioning to improve flexibility and strengthen your body for a greater chance of recovery. Your physical therapist will evaluate your baseline condition and tailor a plan specifically for you.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)

The second line of therapy for chronic pain is often non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). These include common over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen. These medications are often used to treat fever, swelling, arthritis, and other painful conditions. Physicians may prescribe stronger NSAIDS if rest and over-the-counter medications do not sufficiently relieve pain. Side effects of NSAIDS are usually mild, and may include nausea, heartburn, rashes, or upset stomach.

Cognitive and Behavioral Modification

Because pain not only affects you physically, but also takes a toll on your mental and emotional well-being, physicians often prescribe cognitive and behavioral modification techniques. These techniques are used to help you relax, reduce stress and to cope with your pain. Forms of cognitive and behavioral modification include meditation and relaxation training, biofeedback and counseling.

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