What are some treatments for my pain?

Due to the rapid advances of modern medicine, there are now many varied treatments available for pain. The degree of pain varies from person to person, so your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. Treatment may include a single approach or a combination of medications, therapies and procedures, such as:

Pain killers

Narcotic pain killers are often used to treat acute pain or cancer pain. They seldom are prescribed for chronic pain.

Anti-inflammatory drugs

Aspirin-like drugs are the most commonly used medications of this type. They not only reduce swelling and irritation but also can relieve pain.


Originally used only to treat depression, studies have shown that these medications can alleviate pain in certain situations. Furthermore, they may have the added benefit of helping the patient to sleep at night.

Anti-seizure medicines

These medicines may help relieve certain types of pain by reducing abnormal electrical discharges in damaged nerves.

Other medicines

Your physician may prescribe other types of medicine that are more specific to the type of pain you are experiencing.
Injection Treatments

Local anesthetics, with or without cortisone-like medicines, can be injected around nerves or into joints. These may act to reduce swelling, irritation, muscle spasms or abnormal nerve transmissions that can cause pain.
Electrical Stimulation

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the most common form of electrical stimulation. It is not painful and does not require needles. TENS consists of a small, battery-operated device that can stimulate nerve fibers through the skin to diminish pain. Also, electrical stimulation of acupuncture points is sometimes performed.
Physical Therapy

Exercise, whirlpool, ultrasound, massage and manipulation are some of the treatments that a physical therapist may provide for you.

Training in biofeedback or other forms of relaxation therapy are often used to relieve pain, reduce muscle spasm and diminish stress.

When necessary, surgical treatment may be recommended.

David S Klein, MD

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.