What Chronic Pain Is and How To Treat it.
According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. When trying to understand chronic pain it is important to differentiate it from acute pain, or the natural sensation your nervous system releases to the body to alert it to health concerns. Chronic pain is persistent, often lasting days, weeks or even years. Anything from severe illness to minor injuries can lead to chronic pain.
More people suffer from chronic pain than diabetes, heart disease or cancer. The most common forms of chronic pain include back pain, headaches or migraines, neck pain, or facial pain. Chronic pain doesn’t only affect the physical quality of life for sufferers, but also people who experience this type of pain are four times more susceptible to emotional stress than individuals who do not report chronic pain. Lower back pain, for instance, is also the highest cause of disability in America for people under the age of 45 and can easily reduce an individual’s overall quality of life.
While many Americans suffer pain in silence, medical professionals are encouraging patients to get treatment for their chronic conditions. Many people take action such as changing their jobs, going on disability from work, seeking help for day to day activities, and even relocating to a home that is easier to manage. Doctor’s visits, whether to a family physician or a specialist, can help determine the cause and treatment for chronic pain. Twenty-five percent of chronic pain sufferers visit clinics that specialize in pain management such as the Integrative Pain Center of Arizona. A pain center can assist with determining what treatments will be best for your individual pain problems. It may be a combination of prescription medication and physical or massage therapy.
Talk with the professional staff of the Integrative Pain Center of Arizona today to discuss your chronic pain and work with them to determine the best solution. We want to be your health care partner and we understand your chronic pain.