Chronic pain can be defined as pain that persists, despite rest and conservative treatment, for several weeks. Because pain is an individualized sensation, there’s no definitive diagnostic test for chronic pain. For this reason, it’s important that pain suffers have a strong understanding of what chronic pain is (and isn’t), so they can help physicians accurately diagnose and treat their unique condition and the source of the pain.
Understanding Chronic Pain
Pain is the body’s way of saying “something is wrong,” it is there to modulate a change in behavior. It can be caused by a medical condition, accident/injury, or, in unique situations, or by normal age related degeneration of skeletal components. In most cases, pain is acute. But, sometimes pain can linger for weeks, even months. This type of chronic pain can present in many ways are is usually due to the body’s inability to heal the original acute injury.
Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Symptoms of chronic pain are very varied and individualized in regards to type, severity, and consistency. It can present as any or any combination of the following:
These symptoms can, and usually do, cause a host of other unpleasant symptoms, including:
Chronic pain can lead to changes in behavior and will affect everyday function.
Treating Chronic Pain
The taking of a detailed medical and pain history is the first, and maybe most important, step in effectively treating chronic pain. Once a physician has a clear picture of how the patient is experiencing pain and identify the source, they can start treatment options, which can include:
And more. Because pain management is an evolving field, new, effective treatment options exist and are used. Each patient’s condition and treatment program are unique.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our 5 Fairfield County offices. We’re currently accepting new patients and will get you in ASAP. One of our specialists will take the time to get to know and understand your situation/condition. When in the right hands, a return to a pain-free life is entirely possible.