When it comes to pain management, inflammation represents too much of a good thing. A natural part of the body’s immune response, inflammation is beneficial at first. When you sustain a knee injury, for example, acute inflammation such as swelling shows that the body is trying to heal itself.
Over a long period of time, however, chronic inflammation can harm the human body. Rheumatoid arthritis and even some cancers have been linked long-term inflammation that lasts months or even years. For pain clinic patients, sore knees and other pain syndromes impede mobility and may even cause other health problems.
Typically, physicians prescribe anti-inflammatory medications so that patients can resume day-to-activities and begin a complete pain management regime.