Chronic pain affects over 20% of the world’s population, and is more common in American adults than cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. Persistent chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care, and it has been linked to both physical and mental health concerns.
What Is Chronic Pain?
When you are sick or injured, pain signals are sent to your brain as a sign that something is wrong. In some cases, these pain signals continue for months, or even years, after you have recovered.
Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 3 to 6 months and can affect any area of the body. While chronic pain can be caused by disease or injury, in many cases the pain develops without a known cause.
Unlike acute pain, which has a known cause and disappears after your body has had time to heal, chronic pain can exist for years without any clear cause or persist after you have healed.
Chronic pain is also linked to underlying health conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, and endometriosis, and can range from mild to excruciating.
Treating Chronic Pain
Experiencing chronic pain, whether it’s there constantly or it comes and goes, can easily disrupt routine activities such as work, hobbies, getting restful sleep, taking care of yourself, and your social life.
While there is no universal cure for chronic pain, there are advanced pain therapy options to help you manage your symptoms and find relief.
Many people living with chronic pain have been prescribed opioid medication to alleviate the debilitating effects of chronic pain, but these painkillers often lead to addiction, side effects, and short-term relief for a long standing problem.
Advanced pain therapy programs typically take a multidisciplinary and integrative approach to help you manage your pain. Common treatment methods focus on personalized care plans that may include injections, medications, nerve blocks, acupuncture, and nutrition.
Advanced Pain Therapy in Texas
At Advanced Practice Pain Management, we offer customized advanced pain therapy plans for our Texas community. We serve Rusk County, Panola County, and the surrounding areas.
Our advanced pain therapy always begins with getting to know you, listening to your experiences, and reviewing your past medical information to craft a customized pain management plan that will treat your chronic pain conditions and help you get your life back.
Contact Advanced Practice Pain Management today to learn more about our pain management solutions.