Almost everyone experiences aches and pains on occasion, but if your symptoms last for more than 12 weeks, it’s considered chronic. Chronic pain isn’t just uncomfortable; it can dissolve the color out of life and prevent you from participating in activities you used to love. At Spine Care Specialists, LLC, in Dublin, Ohio, the interventional pain management specialists regularly assist men and women suffering from chronic pain. Pain relief starts here. To request your consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Chronic pain is any type of pain that lasts for longer than 12 weeks, or a period of three months. Usually, pain subsides as your body starts to heal. However, with chronic pain, your body continues to send pain signals to your brain, even after your recovery.
In addition to being uncomfortable, chronic pain can limit your mobility and decrease your flexibility and endurance. As a result, performing even routine tasks, like going to work or spending time with friends, can seem impossible.
Chronic pain can affect nearly any part of your body. In addition, chronic pain doesn’t always present the same symptoms; it varies depending on its severity and location. Spine Care Specialists, LLC, regularly treats chronic pain stemming from or in the following areas.
It’s also possible to experience chronic pain because of nerve damage (neurogenic pain) or chronic pain that an underlying disease or injury (psychogenic pain) causes. Chronic pain affects an estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide.
Chronic pain affects people of all ages and backgrounds, but it’s especially common in older adults. In addition to age, there are other factors that may increase your risk of chronic pain, including:
You’re also more likely to experience chronic pain if you’re overweight or obese.
To diagnose chronic pain, your doctor at Spine Care Specialists, LLC, reviews your medical history, asks you questions about your symptoms, and conducts a physical exam.
If these measures don’t provide adequate information, they might also recommend laboratory testing or diagnostic imaging such as an MRI or X-ray. Usually, these tests can help localize sources of your discomfort.
Treatment for chronic pain depends on the source and severity of your symptoms. However, Spine Care Specialists, LLC, recommends conservative methods of care whenever possible.
For example, if you’re suffering from chronic pain as a result of obesity, they might recommend regular exercise and eating a healthy well-balanced diet. If your pain is a result of arthritis or another condition that affects the joints, they might recommend physical therapy, yoga, massage, or meditation.
For chronic pain that persists even after these methods of care, more invasive treatments might be necessary. The team offers nerve blocks, corticosteroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation therapy, based on the individual need.
If you may require surgery, the team can also refer you to a surgeon in the area for a consultation to discuss additional options.
Take action against chronic pain; make an appointment at Spine Care Specialists, LLC, by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.