Understanding Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain refers to any pain that lasts more than 3-6 months, despite conventional treatment and natural healing efforts. The pain can be caused by prior injury, surgery or an ongoing ailment—although many people suffer from chronic pain without any obvious injury or disease. Physical symptoms may include severe pain resulting in limited mobility.  Pain often includes a range of locations, severity and presentations.  It may be mild or severe, episodic or constant, mildly troublesome or debilitating. Depression, anxiety and a fear of worsening injury often follow and lead to further debilitation.  It is a disease that affects not only the nerves that register it, but the whole person. It is a complex disease that requires equally complex treatment.

Listed below are some of the most common conditions for which patients come to our pain management center:

  • Back pain(including sciatica)
  • Neck pain
  • Pain after back/neck and other surgery
  • Muscle pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Headache
  • Facial pain
  • Arthritis pain(hip, knee and shoulder joint pain)
  • Whiplash injury(pain after a motor vehicle accident)
  • Nerve pain including diabetic neuropathy, phantom limb pain, Complex Regional Pain syndrome(CRPS–previously known as RSD or Reflex sympathetic Dystrophy), post-herpetic neuralgia(shingles)

 

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