Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is pain that develops over time and can last for years. It’s a pain you learn to live with and manage.

Causes of Chronic Pain

You may develop chronic pain due to a medical condition like arthritis or a past surgery. Accidents and injuries can also lead to chronic pain.

Why It’s Important To Manage Chronic Pain

Uncontrolled chronic pain can have a dramatic effect on the health of your body and your mind. When you suffer from chronic pain, your blood pressure can increase, which can cause increased heart stress and, eventually, heart damage. Chronic pain can also lead to inactivity, which can lead to weight gain, causing increased stress on your joints and body. Chronic pain can also lead to depression, anxiety, and mood swings. All of these factors can lead to a decreased quality of life.

What You Can Do at Home to Manage Chronic Pain

For mild chronic pain, applying ice or heat to the painful area can help. You should also maintain flexibility and mobility by gently stretching the painful area. Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication can also help.

When To See a Doctor About Chronic Pain

For moderate-to-severe chronic pain, or chronic pain that doesn’t respond to home therapies, you need to visit your doctor. You should also visit your doctor if your pain is keeping you awake, causing you to cancel events, or if your pain is restricting your mobility.

How Your Doctor Can Treat Chronic Pain

Your doctor has several effective methods to treat and manage chronic pain. Your chronic pain treatment may include:

  • Medications to relieve pain and inflammation, including corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS) to relax muscle tension and ease pain
  • Injection therapy, to reduce swelling or block nerves and limit pain sensation
  • An implantable device to deliver medication or perform other functions for pain reduction

Want To Know More About Chronic Pain?

To find out more about the causes, treatment, and management of chronic pain, call Dr. Stacie Oliver at Alturas Pain & Spine Specialists in St. George, UT. You can reach her in the office by calling (435) 222-5527, so call today.

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