Chronic Pain Management & Treatment
It is believed that pain affects men and women differently. This may be due to hormones, psychology, and culture (John P. Cunha, DO, FACOE, 2014).
Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. Pain may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant. You may feel pain in one area of your body, such as your back, abdomen or chest or you may feel pain all over, such as when your muscles ache from the flu.
Pain can be helpful in diagnosing a problem. Without pain, you might seriously hurt yourself without knowing it, or you might not realize you have a medical problem that needs treatment. Once you take care of the problem, pain usually goes away. However, sometimes pain goes on for weeks, months or even years. This is called chronic pain. Sometimes chronic pain is due to an ongoing cause, such as cancer or arthritis. Sometimes the cause is unknown (NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2012).
Fortunately, there are many ways to treat pain. Treatment varies depending on the cause of pain. Pain relievers, acupuncture and sometimes surgery are helpful. Treating chronic pain can be challenging. And it may take several types or combinations of treatments before you find relief. Early treatment may prevent the pain from getting worse.
In OCCC, the goals of treatment are to reduce your pain and increase your ability to function. This includes improving your sleep and your coping skills and reducing stress so you can return to your regular activities.
The Doctors in OCCC build a clear treatment plan for our patients. Part of this plan includes identifying ways for you to manage your pain. Only you know the severity of your pain and how it affects your life.
OC Comprehensive Care (OCCC) encourages you to ask questions to our doctors if you are not clear about what steps you can take when pain occurs or gets worse. If your chronic pain is not relieved after you have tried numerous treatments, you have the options to either call us for an appointment or walk-in. Treatment is provided by a team of doctors who work together to address all the things that may cause your chronic pain.
The following are some facts about Chronic Pain:
*Acute pain results from disease, inflammation, or injury to tissues and comes on suddenly. The cause of acute pain can usually be diagnosed and treated, and the pain is confined to a given period of time and severity.
*Chronic pain persists over a longer period of time than acute pain and is resistant to most medical treatments. It often causes severe problems for patients.
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