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Pain Management

Pain Management

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists and pain signals can keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial injury — sprained back, serious infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain — arthritis, cancer, ear infection, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.

Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, neck pain, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself), psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside or outside the nervous system).

Low back pain, an extremely common problem, accounts for more physician visits than any other diagnosis except for the common cold. Many patients with back-related symptoms are seen by both primary care physicians and specialists. Symptoms are usually benign and self-limited; however, substantial numbers of patients have persistent and severe low back symptoms that require surgery and other invasive procedures.

 

 

 

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Looking to be a part of a comprehensive Pain Management Program? Our Patients require to complete our Assessment forms in order to enroll in the program.