Acute pain is pain that develops very suddenly and is usually characterized by sharp and severe symptoms, while chronic pain persists for a longer period of time and is usually characterized by less severe pain or dull aches.
Diagnosis of any type of pain begins with a complete physical examination and a review of the specific symptoms, including their onset and the movements or activities that cause pain to occur. Passive and active exercises may be used to assess the causes of pain and pinpoint their genesis. A medical history is also taken to look for possible clues or risk factors that could be influencing painful symptoms. Depending on the symptoms and the physical exam findings, ultrasound, x-rays, CT scans, or other types of diagnostic imaging or lab work may be ordered to rule out certain conditions or confirm a diagnosis. When nerve involvement is suspected, electrodiagnostic techniques such as electromyography (EMG) or nerve conduction studies may also be performed.
The pain management techniques used in treatment at Orange County Pain & Rehab Clinic depend on the underlying cause of pain. Massage and osteopathic manipulation can be used to provide significant relief for many types of pain issues. These help to release tension and compression while also reducing inflammation and stimulating circulation that can aid in healing. In some cases, orthopedic bracing or splinting may be prescribed to stabilize joints or other areas during healing. Ultrasound-guided injection therapy including viscosupplementation may be used to treat issues affecting joints, while platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy may be used to promote the body's natural healing responses in all types of injuries and following surgery. Nerve blocks and BOTOX® injections may also be prescribed for certain types of chronic or acute pain.
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