Chronic Pain Definition
Pain is defined as an unpleasant physical sensation in the body that often occurs as the result of an illness or injury. If the pain lasts for more than six months, it is classified as chronic. However, some health care providers will classify the pain as chronic if it has lasted more than three months. It is estimated that chronic pain affects 100 million people in America. This condition affects more people than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to this condition. A traumatic injury, the normal aging process, improper lifting, obesity and poor posture are some of the many things that can cause chronic pain. In many cases, chronic pain is an indication of an underlying condition, such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, herniated disks, shingles, neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, muscular pain, etc. Sometimes, a cause cannot be identified.
Who Is At Risk For Developing Chronic Pain?
Anyone can develop chronic pain, but there are some people who are at a greater risk for developing it than others. Older adults are more likely to suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain usually affects more women than men.
People who have existing health problems are also more likely to develop chronic pain. Furthermore, poor lifestyle choices can increase one’s risk of developing this condition. This includes things such as not exercising regularly, poor diet or having a substance abuse problem.
Jobs that require heavy lifting, and work that has idle positions such as a desk job, working at a computer, which can ultimately develop carpel tunnel syndrome. Obesity, and sports injuries can cause chronic pain as well.
Chronic Pain Symptoms
Chronic pain can range from mild to severe. Many people describe the pain as burning, electrical or shooting. People may also experience soreness, tightness or stiffness in the area of the body that they are experiencing pain. Fatigue, insomnia, disability and a weakened immune system are some of the other common chronic pain symptoms.
Furthermore, this condition may cause emotional symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. Some people with chronic pain isolate themselves from others, which may exasperate the feelings of depression and anxiety.
Chronic Pain Treatment
Chronic pain can have a negative impact on your life. Many people suffer from this condition for years without getting any relief. The good news is that there are a number of chronic pain treatment options available. You can call our office or click here to request an appointment. We will perform an examination and give you the appropriate treatment that will provide you with lasting relief.