These wound pain-management techniques aid in long-term healing.
Healing from a wound can take time, and each stage of healing may instigate pain. Fortunately, there are several ways you can find relief from wound pain. Each of these techniques aims to either increase your rate of recovery or relieve the pain itself as your wound heals.
As with any medical advice, be sure to consult your physician before enacting these tips. Different types of wound pain will require different treatment methods, so be sure to work with your doctor throughout the healing process. Explore each of the following techniques and discover which ones work best for relieving your wound pain.
1. Seek Help Immediately After an Injury Occurs
The first thing you should do after receiving an injury or discovering a wound is seek immediate wound treatment. Entirely too often, wound care patients try to let a wound heal on its own before visiting a healthcare professional. Failing to seek medical care in time may result in a long healing process and avoidable pain due to incorrect treatment of the underlying causes and issues. If you attempt to treat a wound yourself and continue to experience pain, an easy way to find relief is simply visiting your doctor and receiving proper treatment.
2. Do Everything to Avoid Infection
Preventing an infection is the top priority when it comes to treating a wound as infections tend to cause wound pain to increase. Every wound treatment program should include a tailored approach to avoiding an infection. Many wounds will require wound debridement to remove fluid, debris, or dead tissue, which can be a painful process. However, temporary pain during drainage will prevent long-term pain or healing complications.
Wound odor and unusual or continuing inflammation are both common signs of infection. If your wound exhibits these symptoms, contact your physician immediately. You will likely be prescribed antibiotics and wound dressings containing antimicrobials to prevent wound pain and infection.
3. Change Your Wound Dressing Regularly
A wound dressing change can be painful in the moment, but it is necessary for long-term pain relief. Wound dressings help protect your wound while it heals, so you need to follow your doctor’s wound care instructions closely to make sure you are using and changing your dressings correctly. Following this wound care regimen is key to preventing trauma to the wound site that causes immediate pain. Be gentle, stay relaxed, and use your prescribed products as instructed.
Pain management should occur before, during and after the wound is dressed. This is why selecting the right advanced wound-care products is key to avoiding pain and encouraging healing. For surgical wounds and other highly-sensitive wound types, you may need to visit your healthcare professional for dressing changes to help alleviate the related pain.
4. Utilize Pain Management Medication
Ask your physician what medicinal options are available for managing your pain. Over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen and naproxen can be used if approved by your doctor in your treatment plan. Depending on the type and severity of your wound and how healing progresses, your doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, or other medications to relieve your pain.
Make note that having the right medicine for pain management is one thing – you also need to ensure that you’re taking it as directed. If these medications fail to adequately relieve your pain, visit your physician. Pain can often fluctuate from moment to moment, and your medication should be able to keep up with you.
5. Try Distraction Therapy
When your attention is focused solely on wound pain, that pain grows. Distraction therapy is a technique that aims to distract patients from pain and redirect attention to positive activities. Some of the common methods of distraction therapy are:
- Listening to music
- Talking to a friend or family member
- Acupuncture and acupressure
- Breathing exercises
- Touch therapy
These techniques have been shown to alleviate pain by distracting the patient and aiding in the body’s natural healing process.
You Don’t Have to Wait Out Wound Pain
Each of the above wound care tips aims to accomplish a goal of preventing unnecessarily lengthening how long you’re in pain during treatment. Talk to your doctor about each of these tactics to see which ones will best relieve your wound pain.
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