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Pain Management Options For Chronic Orthopedic-Related Pain

by Renee Ruiz

Chronic orthopedic-related pain does not typically warrant the same aggressive or intrusive pain management options as more acute conditions, such as surgery or powerful pain medication. However, chronic pain does deserve to be addressed. While the health of the patient, the site of the injury, and the patient's lifestyle factors all influence what type of pain management methods are best suited, some standard practices are typically relied on. 


Injections are a common option for chronic orthopedic-related pain. One reason this option is so popular is that it is targeted and often long-lasting. For example, for a knee injury, a provider can inject a solution, such as cortisol, directly into the knee. In many instances, the patient experiences an almost immediate reduction in the pain they feel, and the effects of the injection can last for several months. Injections are often ideal for injuries in high usage areas of the body, such as the back and legs.

Lifestyle Changes

In some instances, chronic pain is the result of agitation. For example, for a person with an existing condition, such as foot tendonitis, overuse of the foot is often a trigger for pain. If the person is someone who runs six days a week, for four miles, limiting the frequency at which they run or the distance may be an option to help manage the discomfort they experience. Generally, the healthcare provider will examine your injury, the type of pain you experience, and your lifestyle to identify whether or not a lifestyle change can help.

Physical Therapy

Chronic pain that is brought on by an already repaired or treated injury, such as a broken bone, is often targeted with physical therapy. The goal of physical therapy is generally to increase mobility and flexibility around the injured site, which are both common causes of orthopedic-related pain. Physical therapy involves manipulation and a series of exercises that are typically followed under the guidance of a professional in a clinic and at home.

Assistive Devices

A common orthopedic pain management option is assistive devices. These devices can range from a cane to knee braces to orthotics you wear in your shoes. These devices are often the best solution for pain management when there is either no way to correct or repair the injury or treatment cannot be performed at the time. The goal of these devices is typically to help eliminate pressure on the area of pain to reduce the discomfort you experience, but they can also be used as a form of corrective treatment.

If you have chronic orthopedic-related pain, you need to speak with an orthopedist as soon as possible to have the pain properly diagnosed and treated.