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Understanding and Treating Chronic Pain

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According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), over 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain at a cost of $600 billion each year in medical visits and lost productivity. That is almost one in three Americans who regularly struggle with pain and pain management.

What is Chronic Pain?

Very simply, chronic pain is defined as regular pain that lasts for more than six months. This pain can range from very moderate to very severe. It can also be either episodic or constant. Chronic pain can affect either a specific part of the body, such as the back or neck, or it can affect the body as a whole. Finally, chronic pain feels different for different people. It could be shooting, throbbing, or aching.

There is much that medical professionals do not understand about chronic pain, though researchers believe that it occurs when pain signals from past issues continue to affect the nervous system, even when they should not be triggered. Chronic pain has been associated with:

  • Joint pain
  • Pain from past injuries
  • Headaches
  • Sinus issues
  • Infections

In some cases, chronic pain can be traced back to an injury or a health condition. However, in other cases, chronic pain seems to surface from nowhere. It is important to understand that if you are seeking workers’ compensation for your chronic pain, it can be tied to an on-the-job injury or a job-related repetitive strain injury.

The Consequences of Chronic Pain

Obviously, pain is the main issue with this health condition. However, feeling pain consistently over a long period of time can have devastating effects on many aspects of your health and your life. Those who suffer from chronic pain may also suffer from:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Weakened immune system
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbance

Those with chronic pain may have difficulty completing everyday tasks, being productive at work, or enjoying the activities that they once did. They may also begin to suffer from mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.

How is Chronic Pain Treated or Managed?

The treatment of chronic pain depend heavily upon the cause and severity of the chronic pain. Before any treatments begin for chronic pain, a patient should be closely evaluated and diagnosed by a medical professional. However, some common chronic pain treatments and management plans include:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve block injections
  • Surgery
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy and counselling
  • Lifestyle changes

The Dallas Pain Management Clinic at Work Injury MD

At our full-range medical clinic in Dallas, we have a board-certified physician on staff who specializes in pain management. Even if you have not achieved sustained pain relief from visiting other medical facilities, we want you to know that we are here to help – from diagnosing you correctly to finding the treatment that is most appropriate for your symptoms, your level of pain, and your specific type of chronic pain. To learn more about our pain management clinic, to speak to a doctor, or simply to ask a question about your work-related chronic pain, please call us or contact us today.