Chronic Pain Management
What is Chronic Pain?
Pain is a natural response to harmful stimuli that helps the body protect and heal itself. It is a complex experience, having both physical as well as psychological aspects.
Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 6 months. It can be a debilitating outcome of various conditions and may impact your quality of life. Common examples include arthritis pain, cancer pain and pain resulting from nerve damage.
What are the Symptoms Associated with Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain may be associated with limited mobility, loss of function, headaches, muscle tension, changes in diet and appetite, depression, anxiety and anger. Chronic pain can take the fun out of life and make it difficult to perform routine activities.
How is Chronic Pain Diagnosed?
Chronic pain is evaluated by reviewing your symptoms and medical history, and identifying the underlying causes.
What are the Treatments for Chronic Pain?
An individualized treatment program is then designed, and holistic care is provided by a team of specialists. Pain can often be managed without resorting to narcotics or surgery. Chronic pain can be addressed with:
- Physical therapy: Includes passive modalities such as hot and cold packs, ultrasound, electrotherapy, TENS, laser therapy and active methods such as stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular exercises
- Medication: Includes both prescription and non-prescription medication
- Nerve blocking agents: Injecting substances that block the nerves that transmit pain impulses
- Alternate treatments: Therapies such as acupuncture, biofeedback and hypnosis
- Surgery: May be indicated for certain conditions
- Psychological counselling
- Ketamine Infusion
- Trigger point injection
- Radiofrequency Ablation
You will also learn to make positive lifestyle changes that prevent and minimize pain.