Chronic pain can severely impact the quality of life and overall well-being. Unlike acute pain, chronic pain persists. It is defined as a pain that persists for 3 months or longer. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain or complex regional pain syndrome.
The best place for treatment is a professional pain management center. The programs offered would include pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic and psychological approaches for better outcomes. Most chronic pain starts in the joints and muscles, as a mechanical problem which responds best to a mechanical treatment, such as chiropractic adjustments or deep tissue therapy. Effective pain management provided at a reliable center would include chiropractic treatments, physical therapy, routine injections such as trigger point and epidural injections and other interventional therapies such as
- Regular exercise programs
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
- Administration of analgesics, NSAIDs, narcotic medications, muscle relaxants, and anti-convulsants and antidepressants
- Radiofrequency radio ablation
- Surgically implanted electrotherapy devices
- Topical pain medications
If not treated, chronic pain can lead to depression, loss of sleep, missed workdays, decreased physical functioning, and even life endangering consequences. According to the Institute of Medicine under the National Academy of Sciences, more than 100 million Americans live with chronic pain which also costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.