If your pain returns, one of the first things we recommend is to modify your activities. Stay away from activities which aggravate your condition. Anti-inflammatories, a home exercise program, and application of ice or heat can help. You may require an evaluation again, especially if the pain is worse in severity, or the characteristics or location of the pain have changed. You may require new imaging. After that, you and your provider can discuss appropriate treatments which may include physical therapy, medications, injections, or surgery.
Now that I am feeling better, how do I manage my pain if it comes back?
About the Author: Elizabeth Stoklosa
Elizabeth Stoklosa is a licensed and certified Physician Assistant, primarily focused on Pain Management and Spine Intervention. Elizabeth has always had an interest in orthopedic and spine conditions. She performs histories and physical’s, orders appropriate diagnostic studies, and interprets X-rays and MRIs. She is extensively qualified at administering trigger point injections, joint injections, nerve blocks, and tendon sheath injections to help alleviate pain, and has experience in caring for patients with spinal cord stimulators or peripheral nerve stimulator implants. She has also cared for patients with pain pumps and specializes in their programming and refilling. She has experience in assisting physicians with interventional procedures, including epidurals, facet injections, rhizotomies, and stimulator implants. Elizabeth’s goal is to provide the patient with the utmost care and the very best results.