Chronic Pain Management Options
Are you suffering from Chronic Pain?
Doctor Watson has over twenty-three years of experience in treating chronic pain patients successfully.
We offer our patients individualized treatment plans to help speed recovery and reduce pain quickly these include:
- Chiropractic Care
- Physical Therapy
- Acupuncture for pain managemement
- Cold Laser Treatments
These treatment protocols target improving function and reducing pain along with other modalities
We also refer to a highly respected team of doctors when necessary for:
- Medical Marijuana
- Orthopedic Evaluation
- Neurologic Testing
- Pain Management
We can help you reduce your pain so you can get back to doing the things you love.
Chronic Pain: Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment
- Pain affects more people in the U.S. than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined
- 126 million, or 55% of all adults, experienced pain in the previous three months
- 4 million U.S. adults report “a lot of pain”
- 3 million U.S. adults suffer from daily pain
- Various reports list that over 50 million, but up to 100 million, U.S. adults have chronic pain conditions, an estimate that does not include acute pain conditions or children in pain
- More than one-quarter of adults (26%) age 20 years and over – or, an estimated 76.5 million people – report that they have had a problem with pain of any sort that persisted for more than 24 hours in duration
- Of those in pain, 27% suffer from lower back pain, 15% from severe headache or migraine pain, and 15% from neck pain
- Low back pain is the leading cause of disability in the world
- 80% of U.S. adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives
- Up to 6 million patients suffer from chronic back pain
- Adults with lower back pain are often in worse physical and mental health than people who do not have low back pain
- 28% of adults with lower back pain report limited activity due to a chronic condition, as compared to 10% of adults who do not have lower back pain
- Also, adults reporting lower back pain were three times as likely to be in fair or poor health
- Back pain patients are more than four times as likely to experience serious psychological distress as people without lower back pain
- Back is one of the most common reasons for missed work, and the second-leading cause for doctor’s visits
- Chronic pain is often defined as any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation that alerts us to possible injury, chronic pain is very different. Chronic pain persists—often for months or even longer.
- Chronic pain may arise from an initial injury, such as a back sprain, or there may be an ongoing cause, such as illness. However, there may also be no clear cause. Other health problems, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite, and mood changes, often accompany chronic pain. Chronic pain may limit a person’s movements, which can reduce flexibility, strength, and stamina. This difficulty in carrying out important and enjoyable activities can lead to disability and despair.
- Pain is a very personal and subjective experience. There is no test that can measure and locate pain with precision. So, health professionals rely on the patient’s own description of the type, timing, and location of pain. Defining pain as sharp or dull, constant or on-and-off, or burning or aching may give the best clues to the cause of the pain. These descriptions are part of what is called the pain history, taken during the start of the evaluation of a patient with pain.
- Since chronic pain may occur in a variety of locations in the body and for many different reasons, patients and their health professionals need to work together to identify the causes and symptoms of that pain and how it can be relieved.
- Although technology can help health professionals form a diagnosis, the best treatment plans are tailored to the person, with input from healthcare team members, who each have different training backgrounds and understand chronic pain. The person with pain and his or her loved ones also must be actively involved in the treatment.
With chronic pain, the goal of treatment is to reduce pain and improve function, so the person can resume day-to-day activities. Patients and their healthcare providers have a number of options for the treatment of pain. Some are more effective than others. Whatever the treatment plan, it is important to remember that chronic pain usually cannot be cured, but it can be managed. The following treatments are among the most common ways to manage pain.
Medications, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, nerve blocks, or surgery are some treatments used for chronic pain. Less invasive psychotherapy, relaxation therapies, biofeedback, and behavior modification may also be used to treat chronic pain. These methods can be powerful and effective in some people. When it comes to chronic pain treatment, many people find adding complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) approaches can provide additional relief. These may include tai chi, acupuncture, meditation, massage therapies, and similar treatments.
Self-management of chronic pain holds great promise as a treatment approach. In self-management programs, the individual patient becomes an active participant in his or her pain treatment—engaging in problem-solving, pacing, decision-making, and taking actions to manage their pain. Although self-management programs can differ, they have some common features. Their approach is that the person living with pain needs help learning to think, feel, and do better, despite the persistence of pain. Improving communication with the healthcare provider is part of that empowerment. Through NIH-supported research, starting successful self-management programs has reduced many barriers to effective pain management, regardless of the underlying conditions. Individuals who participate in these programs have significantly increased their ability to cope with pain. They improve their ability to be active, healthy, and involved members of their communities. In fact, new research suggests that the best self-management programs teach people different ways of thinking about and responding to pain, making their actions to relieve it more effective.
Do you want to learn more about chronic pain management options from A Place Of Health Chiropractic? Call our Ft. Lauderdale, FL office at (954) 568-9355 for more information