The Levels Of Pain Management Since pain is the bodyâ€™s first and usually most important indicator that something is not right in the condition and circumstances of the physical body, the experience of pain, particularly when it endures for more than a few minutes, ought to be properly treated. A stubbed toe, a needle prick, or some other minor injury of that nature may only need time to eliminate the pain. The injury is minor enough for the body to apply its self-healing properties. These minor conditions are the most typical initiators of pain we endure throughout life. Although we well know that a small, sharp object accidentally pierced into the skin is going to result in pain, and regardless of our foreknowledge and assurances to ourselves that we will never do that again, we seem prone to do repeat these pain-causing actions. We must endure the treatment of time, alone, to cure the pain. It is usually silly to consult a doctor for these incidents. We often endure the results of sunburn and minor cuts and abrasions, headaches, sprains, etc, that are satisfactorily treated by over-the-counter medications of ointments and bandages. These ministrations are usually sufficient by self-medication and may not need a doctorâ€™s care. Over-the-counter pain medication should not be confused with medications that actually treat injuries, such as simple antibiotics to apply to an abrasion or cut. Over-the-counter pain medication, such as aspirin, acts to inhibit pain receptors from transmitting their signals to the brain, which reduces the sensation of pain, but it does little to teat an injury causing pain other than to also treat minor issues of inflammation. However, any more serious causes of pain, whether acute or just a dull throb, should be cared for by consultation with a health care professional, particularly if the pain becomes chronic and increases in intensity. Otherwise, the cause of pain may be exacerbated beyond its original issue to create further complications. Sometimes, without proper care for the original cause of pain, the issue becomes so complicated, amputation of a digit or limb becomes the only treatment available to eliminate the pain and cure the cause. As a result, chronic pain management is a serious concern never to be taken lightly by self-diagnosis and treatment. It is particularly important to seek professional consultation because in spite of the ability of over-the-counter pain medication to mask even severe pain for a temporary period of time, every manufacturer of such pain medications advises the consultation of a professional health care provider should pain endure beyond a few days. This is because the pain and its cause may not be treated by pain medication, alone. The proper pain management of such conditions requires treatment of the original cause. This may include prescribed medication, physical therapy, physical exercise, hot or cold packs and even psychological evaluation and treatment. If a patient is experiencing chronic pain, even if pain management seems to be treated adequately by aspirin, etc, a health care professional should be consulted to assure proper treatment and eventual recovery of conditions without living with pain.