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Pain Management

Malibu Medical Group

Internal Medicine & Addiction Medicine located in Malibu, CA

Over 11% of adults in the US experienced pain every day over the past three months, and almost 18% experienced severe pain. Whether you suffer from chronic, or long-lasting, pain or short-lived pain, the team of internal medical experts at Malibu Medical Group in Malibu, California, can help. They manage pain using the most innovative, up-to-date technology and techniques available so you can live pain-free and enjoy life to its fullest. Call Malibu Medical Group, or schedule an appointment online today.

Pain Management Q & A

What is pain management?

Pain management is a strategy your doctor uses to reduce or eliminate pain so you can enjoy your favorite activities and allow your body to function at its best. Pain is an unpleasant feeling that can present as:

  • Sharp or throbbing pain
  • A prickling or tingling sensation
  • Stinging or burning
  • Dull, aching pain

You might feel pain in one area of the body or pain throughout your entire body. The pain might be short-lived or long-lasting.

What causes pain?

Numerous injuries, illnesses, and chronic diseases can lead to acute or chronic pain. Examples include:

  • Automobile or sports injuries
  • Arthritis, fibromyalgia, or lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Back injuries
  • Infections
  • Kidney, liver, or heart problems
  • Cancer

Not all causes of pain are serious, and some injuries heal on their own without further treatment. However, any time you experience severe pain or pain that doesn’t go away, it’s important to check with your doctor to determine the cause and prevent serious complications from arising.

What is the treatment for pain?

The experienced providers at Malibu Medical Group use numerous strategies to ease pain or treat its root cause.

After reviewing your medical history, completing a comprehensive physical exam, and ordering lab or diagnostic imaging tests if necessary, your doctor reviews your treatment options. Your doctor may recommend:

At-home remedies

Sometimes natural remedies can ease the pain and enhance healing without more invasive treatment. Your doctor may recommend applying ice or heat to an injury, wearing a brace, or simply resting to recover from an injury or illness.

Your doctor might also suggest making dietary changes or completing at-home strengthening and stretching exercises to improve comfort and prevent future injuries.

Natural treatments

Natural treatments may also reduce pain in some cases. Examples include spinal manipulation, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and relaxation techniques. Your doctor lets you know which natural remedy, if any, is a good match for you.

Medications

If temporary pain relief is necessary while an injury heals or you experience severe pain, ask your doctor if over-the-counter medicine, prescription pain medications, or pain-relieving injections are good options for you.

Surgery

Sometimes chronic pain is caused by a medical condition that requires surgery to eliminate the pain for good. Although often used as a last resort, your provider lets you know if surgery, such as joint replacement surgery, can help you live pain-free.

Don’t let pain hinder your quality of life and prevent you from enjoying your favorite everyday activities. Call Malibu Medical Group today, or schedule an appointment online.