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What To Do About Cancer Pain

Cancer pain can manifest in many ways. For some, it’s a mild, dull, or achy sensation. But for others, it’s constant, burning, or debilitating. But, no matter your symptoms, our experienced team of pain management specialists can help.

At Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers, we take a multidisciplinary approach to treating symptoms, and it involves addressing the source of the problem. This enables us to manage even the most complex or disabling cancer pain caused by tumors, cancer treatment, or damage on a cellular level.

Our team offers numerous cancer pain solutions at each of our five locations, including our newest location in Las Vegas. If you have cancer pain, these therapies could help provide relief.

Conservative treatments

Depending on your symptoms, you could benefit from holistic pain management solutions instead of those involving medications. These types of therapies often include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture
  • Relaxation techniques, such as meditation
  • We often recommend conservative therapies like these for mild forms of cancer pain. However, because they don’t involve medication, they can also be used safely in combination with other treatments to help manage more severe pain.

Interventional injection therapy

As the name implies, these therapies involve injections. There are different types of interventional injections designed to treat specific types of pain.

Steroid injections

Our team often recommends this type of injection to help with intense pain, stiffness, or swelling in a joint or tendon. These injections — which deliver anti-inflammatory medication directly to the pain site — can ease symptoms quickly and provide relief that lasts for weeks or months. 

Nerve blocks

This injection resolves pain by delivering numbing medications directly into and around the nerve triggering your symptoms. The reason why this can provide effective pain relief is due to the fact that it keeps the nerve from sending pain signals to your brain.

There are different types of nerve blocks. Those that only include anesthetic provide short-term relief for nerve pain. Others include phenyl or alcohol, which destroys the problematic nerve tissue, resulting in more long-term pain relief.

Epidural injections

We also use epidural injections for nerve pain. However, this injection can help with widespread pain, whereas nerve blocks work with localized pain. 

To administer an epidural injection, we deliver your anesthetic into the epidural space. This area lies right outside your spinal cord, so the medication goes directly to the nerve root in your body causing your symptoms.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation addresses pain by delivering heat through a needle. During your treatment, we use X-ray guidance to get to the nerves causing your symptoms. Then, we administer controlled amounts of heat through the needle to disable them, which relieves your symptoms.

How to get started

These are just a few therapies we use to help manage cancer pain. However, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to finding relief. Instead, we create a personalized pain management strategy based on your symptoms, condition, and overall health. 

Whenever possible, we strive to take the most conservative approach possible to managing your symptoms while also maximizing your quality of life.

To get help for your cancer pain, book an appointment online or over the phone with Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers today. We have five locations, including a new office in Las Vegas.