Chronic postoperative pain symptoms include new pain after a surgical operation and/or pain that persists or comes back beyond the usual recovery period.
Treatments for chronic pain may include pain relievers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), or steroid injections. Psychological methods, relaxation techniques, manipulation therapy, and physical therapy can also be effective for pain control. In 18 medical research studies, these methods reduced pain and improved treatment outcomes in physical and emotional post-surgery recovery.
The DOC pain management specialists in conjunction with the guest and his or her DOC surgeon will customize pain control therapies to optimize relief for chronic postoperative pain.