Chronic pain is an ever-increasing problem across the United States, but finding effective treatments isn’t easy. At Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute, Kevin McCowan, MD, Carisa Hines, MD, and the qualified team of experts provide treatment options for patients in Atlanta, Georgia, struggling with chronic pain. Call the office or request an appointment online to learn more.
Chronic pain is any pain that doesn’t get better after several months, causing constant discomfort that shows no sign of reducing intensity. In some cases, the pain worsens over time; in others, the pain fluctuates, so you have some good and bad days.
Chronic pain can affect specific body areas, such as the lower back or arm, or could extend throughout your entire body.
Chronic pain often starts as a response to an acute injury or illness, but instead of going back to normal when the damaged or diseased tissue heals, the nerve endings continue to send pain signals to the brain.
In some cases, long-term health problems cause chronic pain, such as a herniated disc in your back or cancer. Some treatments can heal the cause of the pain, but treatment may take months or years, leaving you with chronic pain in the meantime.
In other cases, the cause of the pain is still there because it can’t heal; for example, if you have arthritis in your joints, there’s no cure for the condition, so the pain becomes chronic and needs managing.
While several medical conditions cause chronic pain, the pain is neuropathic in many cases, meaning it’s due to dysfunction of the nerves rather than an injury or disease.
The causes of chronic pain are so diverse, and patient’s responses to treatments are so varied that no single approach works in all cases. The first step is to treat any underlying condition responsible for the pain. For example, if you have chronic knee pain because of a meniscus tear, having surgery that repairs the meniscus should help relieve your symptoms.
When there’s no effective way to tackle the root cause, controlling the pain becomes the priority. Pain-killing medications can help many people with chronic pain, but they aren’t always effective and carry the risk of causing unpleasant side effects.
Other potential treatments include:
Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to learn how the team can help relieve your chronic pain, or book an appointment online.