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Pain Information for Patients

Pain is now regarded as the fifth vital sign, and is considered as important as your blood pressure, pulse, respiration and temperature. Pain after an operation, injury or medical procedure is normal and expected. When pain is controlled, patients tend to heal faster, feel better sooner and get their strength back faster by starting to walk earlier and improve the overall results of their surgery or treatment.

Your physician may advise managing pain after surgery via medication, including analgesics, such as acetaminophen. Muscle relaxers may also be used to treat muscle spasms that linger after surgery.

Note: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, are generally not recommended for immediate use after surgery. Should you experience severe pain after surgery, you may be prescribed narcotic medications and referred to a pain management specialist who will advise you with regards to the long-term use of these drugs.

Other non-medication techniques, such as massage, may help decrease pain and tension as well as improve mobility and flexibility. Your physician may recommend physical therapy or light exercise to minimize pain depending on what type of procedure you undergo.

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