Pain after a spinal cord injury can be frustrating and may even hinder your day-to-day life. While you and your physician most likely have a pain management plan in place, there are additional steps you can take to manage your pain.
1. Treat Current Problems
If you have any underlying conditions or recurring health issues, make sure to get them treated. By keeping yourself as healthy as possible, you can help reduce your pain.
2. Check Your Seat
If you’re lacking the proper support and suffering from poor posture due to improper seating, you may be able to reduce or eliminate some of the pain you are feeling with a seating evaluation. A seating specialist may be able to recommend different products or customize products to fit your needs.
3. Record, Record, Record
Record your pain in a journal. Keep note of when you feel the pain as well as what makes you feel better and what makes you feel worse. This can help you and your physician determine what’s effective in managing and reducing your pain.
4. Practice Distraction
Distracting yourself from the pain can be one of the best methods for coping with it. Participating in activities can help take your focus off the pain and give you a greater sense of control over your life. If you’re bored and uninvolved, you tend to focus more on the pain.
5. Get Moving
Exercise can not only improve your overall health and mood, but also help to reduce pain. Exercise can also serve as a great distraction from pain. Talk to your physician to find out what exercises are appropriate and will be helpful for you.
6. Eliminate Alcohol
Treating alcohol as a solution to your pain can lead to alcohol abuse and dependency, among other problems. Make sure to read the labels of prescriptions and always talk to your physician before drinking alcohol.
Source: sci.washington.edu, Accessed: 6/19/17