Don't Let Pain Rule Your Life
The adage, “pain is a gift,” is frequently told to medical students to imply the important protective role of pain sensation against tissue injury. However, when pain persists and turns from a warning signal to a continually annoying or distressing symptom, it can hardly be called a gift. Chronic pain affects the body, emotions, relationships, and the mind. It can cause anxiety and depression, which can make pain worse. Untreated chronic pain includes: decreased mobility, impaired immunity, decreased concentration, and sleep disturbances. Watching a video or seeking information online about pain is an all too common search. More than 10 million people in America at any given moment are experiencing chronic pain.
What is the most common chronic pain condition?
The most common types of chronic pain are:
What Does Constant Pain Do To a Person?
Chronic pain impacts the body, but it also has an effect on emotions, relationships, and the mind. It can cause anxiety and depression which, in turn, can make pain worse. The chronic pain cycle depicted in this visual summarizes the impact on sleep, energy, mood, and activity.
Acute Pain vs. Chronic Pain
Acute pain comes on quickly and is typically temporary. This type of pain is usually the result of an injury. Once that injury is healed, the pain generally stops.
Chronic pain, on the other hand, comes and goes over a long period of time. It is usually diagnosed after three to six months. Sometimes, diseases can cause chronic pain. Acute pain can also worsen into chronic.
Pain is an illness that impacts people, relationships, work, and social lives. Health professionals have been working hard to understand how to manage pain and help people avoid medications. The goal is to find relief with many of the new holistic treatments now available to consumers offered on a customized and personal basis.
THE FOUR MAJOR TYPES OF PAIN:
What is the difference between chronic pain and chronic pain syndrome?
When it lasts for 3 to 6 months or more, it’s called chronic pain. When you hurt day after day, it can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. About 25% of people with chronic pain will go on to have a condition called chronic pain syndrome (CPS).
Chronic pain can seem like a struggle, no matter where it is in your body. Pain can limit your mobility, disrupt your sleep, and prevent you from having a fulfilling work and social life.
Pain can arise from a wide range of diseases and injuries — such as a sprained back, arthritis, or cancer. In other cases, pain may simply be a result of aging or poor posture. Sometimes, the pain becomes unbearable. Often times more conservative methods of pain relief, like physical therapy, no longer work. At that point, it may be time to look into natural and alternative forms of relief.
Pain is a process in the body that shows it is not functioning well. We would like to help you understand a holistic and personalized approach to managing pain. We start with an in-depth consultation where we listen to your case and do a full examination, along with special testing to help you figure out the best approach to a customized Pain Management program.