Pain, particularly nerve pain, can be confusing. There are dozens of types of nerve pain, each with several potential underlying causes. Additionally, there are a lot of treatments to relieve nerve pain.
Understanding your pain condition, its causes, and the different ways to treat it can help you make sure you get the best possible care. This blog, as well as the conditions and treatments pages on this website, can help. In addition to the information in these places, Nevada Pain’s video library can also help you gain a basic understanding of several conditions and treatments.
Knowing as much as possible about your pain condition and its treatments can have a serious impact on your care.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines health literacy as follows:
“Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”
In other words, health literacy is how well a person can find and understand health-related information. Information in videos, like the ones on the Nevada Pain website, is condensed into short, easy-to-understand segments, designed to make it easy for patients to learn as much as possible. Also, reading about a medical condition or treatment can be made difficult by the complicated names. By watching a video, individuals are able to hear how difficult terms are pronounced.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compiled a list of information from different studies, detailing ways to improve patients’ health literacy. Videos are specifically mentioned as an effective way to improve individuals’ health literacy, in addition to pictures and orally-delivered information.
Therefore, exploring Nevada Pain’s videos is an excellent way to learn about nerve pain conditions and treatments. Our main video library is easily navigated by using the tabs across the top of the page, such as “Pain Condition Videos” and “Pain Treatment Videos.” Additionally, the information in each video is conveyed by one of Nevada Pain’s physicians. A link to each condition’s or treatment’s page is embedded in the description of every video, so if after watching a certain video, you want to learn more, it’s easy to do so.
Knowledge is power.
The more a person understands about his or her condition, the more effectively he or she knows how to communicate with a physician. Better communication can help a physician figure out a more effective pain treatment plan.
Several nerve pain conditions are explained in the Nevada Pain videos.
There are 28 videos in all about pain conditions in the Nevada Pain video library. A few of these conditions include:
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Post herpetic neuralgia
- Occipital neuralgia
Generally, the videos concerning different types of nerve pain include information about the condition. Some also touch on preventative measures or treatments. For example, since shingles can be prevented by getting the shingles vaccine, and post herpetic neuralgia is a result of nerve damage from shingles, the videos about both of these conditions mention the shingles vaccine as a viable preventative measure.
Some of these videos give a very well-rounded idea of the treatments available for a condition. The sciatica video, for instance, describes the type of pain experienced with the condition and explains that conservative methods, such as over-the-counter medications, exercise, or stretching, are often successful at treating sciatica pain. Additional interventional therapies are then mentioned for persistent sciatica pain, such as epidural spinal injections or spinal cord stimulation.
Many of Nevada Pain’s videos introduce different treatment methods.
If watching a video about a nerve pain condition has raised questions about that condition’s potential treatments, there are several videos to make sense of treatments – 22 in all.
Some of these treatments include:
- Flexion distraction
- Medial branch block
- Spinal cord stimulator
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Epidural steroid injection
The treatment videos on our website are a unique way to learn about potential pain therapies. Reading about how a procedure is carried out can be helpful sometimes, but it’s easy to misunderstand or get confused. The Nevada Pain treatment videos contain footage of the actual procedure being carried out. Watching the procedure as it takes place can help individuals gain a deeper understanding of the treatment better than simply reading about or discussing it.
This is particularly helpful if a physician has mentioned a specific condition or potential treatment for you. For instance, if an individual has been diagnosed with sciatica, he or she can first watch the video about sciatica, where lysis of adhesions or adhesiolysis, is mentioned.
The adhesiolysis video contains a short explanation of the procedure, specifically that scar tissue can damage or inflame nerves. Then the procedure itself is shown while one of the Nevada Pain doctors explains the process. Procedure videos like this can be particularly helpful for anyone uneasy about a particular procedure, since seeing it performed can make it less intimidating.
Some of the videos can also help people learn more general information about the care at Nevada Pain.
The videos under the “One Minute Medical” and “Our Views” tabs of the video library are not geared toward any particular pain condition, but they do touch on the ideas and principles behind Nevada Pain. The Las Vegas Chronic Pain Treatments video, for instance, explains the multi-faceted approach that Nevada Pain takes with pain treatment. The videos about comprehensive care and the mom and dad test both give a good description of Nevada Pain’s approach to pain management.
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