The Difference Between Treating And Masking Pain

Treating versus Masking Pain

Some aching here, a little twinge of pain there, we’ve all experienced aches and pains after exercise, a long week of work, or as the result of our bodies aging. What is your first reaction to these pains? Are you treating it or masking pain? According to WebMD and the American Gastroenterological Association, more than 30,000 Americans use NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) each day, to treat minor to moderate pain.

Americans use NSAIDs for everything from headaches, strains and sprains, to arthritis pain and unrealized injuries and bone and joint conditions. NSAID use is so widespread because many of these drugs are often available over-the-counter, and also limit fevers, swelling, and blood clotting, in addition to relieving pain.

NSAIDs are useful but can also have negative side effects, especially taken in higher dosages or long-term. Some negative effects can include the development of ulcers, high blood pressure or endocrine issues. NSAIDs are best used for short-term pain relief.

If you find yourself with a nagging pain in a joint, or in your neck, or back, a pain that won’t seem to go away, and you’re not sure where it came from, you should be seen by a physiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon, to diagnose and treat the condition. The diagnosis and subsequent treatment of any condition you may have is a solution for you. Masking the aches and sprains, nagging pains and swelling, with the use of NSAIDs, is not a long-term solution and may result in your condition getting worse.

At NY Bone and Joint Specialists, we have top-rated, expert doctors specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitationEMG and Nerve Conduction Studies, orthopedic surgery, and pain management. Diagnosing and treating the cause of your pain and discomfort, rather than masking pain, will lead to the fastest recovery time, resulting in you enjoying your best health.

Dr. Leon Popovitz and Dr. Michael Mizhiritsky, along with their team of best-in-class orthopedic physicians, are known for their exemplary orthopedic surgical skill and best-rated physical medicine and rehabilitation program. This, along with their top in-office physical therapy and long-term sports rehabilitation processes, leads to athletes of all levels returning to their top physical potential. Contact us today to schedule a consult!

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