Treatments for chronic pain include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and antidepressants, according to the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Physicians may also prescribe anti-seizure medications, muscle relaxants and opioids to help patients cope with chronic pain.
Outpatient medical procedures to help relieve chronic pain include epidural steroid injections in the back or neck, facet joint injections to improve mobility in the neck, back or spine, and a lumbar sympathetic nerve blog for pain focused on the legs, explains the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Physicians may also recommend a celiac plexus block for patients with chronic abdominal pain or cancer of the pancreas. Chronic pain in the arm or hand can be treated with an outpatient stellate ganglion nerve block injection.
Pain management specialists also treat chronic pain with drug pumps that deliver painkillers directly to the root of the nerve, notes WebMD. Additional treatments may include relaxation techniques or psychotherapy to relieve pain with mind and body connections.
Oral painkillers are a common form of treatment to reduce inflammation and relieve pain associated with nerve injuries, arthritis, tendinitis or cancer pain, according to WebMD. Drugs such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Voltaren or Naprosyn should be taken in consultation with a medical professional.