During your stay at Carroll Hospital Center, our goal is to maximize your comfort. Your health care team will work directly with you to help assess your pain and design a pain management treatment plan that is right for you.
Pain Management Methods
Pain management methods are prescribed based on the severity and type of pain you're experiencing. The most common pain
management methods are:
- Oral - medications in the form of pills or liquids.
- Injections - pain medications such as morphine are often injected into the body, most commonly in the arm, buttock or thigh.
- Intravenous (IV) Injections - a prescribed dose of pain medication administered into a vein in your arm through and IV catheter.
- Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) - a type of IV that allows you to administer your own pain medication using a special pump. This system monitors and limits doses to those prescribed by a physician.
- Patient-Controlled Epidural Analgesia (PCEA) - a type of IV that allows women in labor to administer their own pain medication using a special pump. This system monitors and limits doses to those prescribed by a physician.
- Epidural Infusion - pain medication administered through a catheter that is inserted into the epidural space — in the middle to lower spine.
- Complementary/Non-Medicinal Therapies - techniques such as deep breathing, massage, music and positive imagery can aid in pain relief with minimal side effects.
Commonly Prescribed Medical Treatments
While recovering from an illness, injury or surgery, your physician may prescribe one or more pain medications. The medication plan will depend on the location, type and severity of pain you are experiencing.
- Opiates - used to control moderate to severe pain and are administered orally or through an injection.
- Local Anesthetics - used to provide temporary pain relief and administered by injection.
- Antidepressant & Anticonvulsant Medications - used to block pain in the body and most often administered orally.
- Benzodiazepines - used to relieve spasmodic pain and administered orally or through an IV or injection.