Chronic pain is pain that lasts for more than three months. The pain can be continuous or intermittent.
Chronic pain is a complex condition that can affect your physical and emotional health. Acute pain is the body’s way of responding to stimuli, such as touching a hot stove. Acute pain generally resolves itself over time. Chronic pain does not resolve itself.
Chronic pain can interfere with your quality of life by interfering with your sleep, mood, relationships, and ability to work.
A chronic headache can be a symptom of a larger issue. It might also be caused by teeth grinding, jaw clenching, or oral trauma. If you’re experiencing chronic headaches, see your dentist find out if there’s a connection to your oral health.
Chronic back pain is extremely common, affecting nearly 80% of people in the United States at some point in their lives. While back pain can be caused by any number of factors, it’s important to note that most back pain isn’t actually caused by anything serious.
Back pain management is often focused on pain management rather than curing back pain. This is because the most common cause of back pain is a misalignment in your back. This can be due to a variety of reasons, including injuries, age, or even the way your bones and spine grew as you grew up.
A misalignment can cause a lot of pain. Luckily, we can offer pain management in the form of spinal manipulation, lifestyle changes, and exercise.
Joints are where bones meet. While there are many possible causes of joint pain, the most common is arthritis. There is no cure for arthritis, but there are a variety of treatment options to help ease the symptoms.
Arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain disorders can affect your whole body, not just your joints. These disorders are believed to be caused by problems with the way your brain processes pain signals. Research suggests that chronic pain can cause changes in brain structure and neurotransmitter production, which in turn influence how pain is processed and perceived.
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints, which causes swelling, pain, and stiffness. This inflammation occurs over time. Arthritis can affect the hips, knees, arms, and hands. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joints.
How is chronic pain treated?
Chronic pain is caused by a number of different factors. Treatment options are based on the underlying condition causing chronic pain. In some cases, pain management is simply a matter of learning to manage it. In other cases, pain management can be handled with medication or surgery.
Chronic pain may be treated with medications or medications combined with physical therapy. By targeting the underlying condition, chronic pain can be managed.
When is surgery necessary for chronic pain?
Surgery can be a last resort for chronic pain. It’s used when other nonsurgical methods haven’t been effective. Surgery is usually used to relieve severe pain related to a compressed nerve root.
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