Chronic Pain


 

What is Chronic Pain?

Pain that lasts longer than a 3 month period is chronic pain. Chronic pain problems have two categories:

1. Pain that is due to an identifiable generator (an injury, for instance)

2. Pain that does not have an identifiable generator (pain which occurs after an injury has healed, for example)


Common symptoms of Chronic Pain:

Neck pain

Arm Pain

Back Pain

Joint pain

Muscle pain

Arthritis Pain

Cancer Pain

Post surgical

Fatigue

Depression

Lack of sleep

Headaches

Tense Muscles

Lack of mobility


Treatment and Care options:

Several non-invasive options exist to help with chronic pain. It is very important to tell your doctor about any pain and symptoms you are experiencing. This will help

him or her to develop a unique treatment plan catered to your specific needs.


Your chronic pain treatment options may include:

• Non addictive medications

• Physical therapy

• Injections (including intrathecal

therapy or implanted pumps)

• Surgery (as a last resort)


Managing Chronic Pain:

Do not despair; there are several ways that you can reduce chronic pain and carry on with an improved quality of life.


Some things that you can try:


• Gather information about chronic pain and your specific treatment plan.

• Prioritize. Do not let chronic pain become the focal point in your life.

• Set realistic goals for your life, whether short term or long term.

• Learn how to accept your pain.

• Use over-the counter or prescription medications, if needed.

• incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine.

• Exercise as much as you are physically able to

• Seek help from others. Learn how to talk to people about your chronic pain so they can be a listening ear and hopefully provide moral support along the way.


Conditions Treated:

Musculoskeletal

• Back and Leg Pain

• Neck and Shoulder Pain

· Auto Related Injuries

• Sports Injuries

• Failed Back Surgery and Post-Surgical

Pain Syndromes

• Myofascial Pain

• Facet Syndrome


Neuropathic Pain

• Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)

• Post Herpetic Neuralgia

• Nerve Injuries

• Phantom Limb Pain


Other Conditions

· Arthritis

• Disc Herniation

• Osteoporosis

• Pinched Nerve

• Spinal Canal Stenosis

• Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunctions

• Sciatica

• Scoliosis

• Spondylolisthesis


Treatment Options

• Medication Management

• Physical/Occupational Therapy

• Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nerve

Blocks and Muscle/Joint Injections

• Fluoroscopy & Ultrasound

• Psychological and Behavioral Counseling

• Alternative Therapies

· Acupuncture

• Implantable Devices

• Intrathecal Medication

Spinal Cord Stimulator

• Peripheral Nerve Stimulator

• Kyphoplasty

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