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Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain — pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain ranges from mild to excruciating, episodic to continuous, and merely inconvenient to totally incapacitating.
In those with chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll.
The most common sources of pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches. Other kinds of chronic pain include tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain affecting specific parts of the body, such as the shoulders, pelvis, and neck. Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition.
Chronic pain may originate with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.
The emotional burden of chronic pain also can make the pain worse. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complex ways with chronic pain and may decrease the body’s production of natural painkillers; moreover, such negative feelings may increase the level of substances that amplify sensations of pain, causing a vicious cycle of pain for the person. Even the body’s most basic defenses may be compromised: there is considerable evidence that unrelenting pain can suppress the immune system.
Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects of the condition.
Our doctor understands that while medication can alleviate the pain, it is not the long term solution. Therefore we help manage your pain in a variety of ways and take a multidisciplinary approach.
Here are some of the ways we help alleviate your pain:
-Physical Therapy -Muscle Relaxers -Mild Narcotic Medication
-Topical Patches -Sleep Medications -Anti- Inflammatory Medication
-Topical Creams -PENS Treatments
-TENS/EMS units -Trigger/Steroid Injections
What are the symptoms of chronic pain?
The symptoms of chronic pain include:
- Mild to severe pain that does not go away.
- Pain that may be described as shooting, burning, aching, or electrical.
- Feelings of discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness.
Pain is not a symptom that exists alone. Other problems associated with pain include:
- Withdrawal from activity and increased need to rest
- Weakened immune system
- Changes in mood including hopelessness, fear, depression, irritability, anxiety, and stress