Chronic Pain

handsheartChronic pain is pain that doesn’t go away. Unlike acute pain, which comes on suddenly and can usually be traced directly to a cause, chronic pain lingers. Chronic pain in itself can be considered a disease or a condition. Most times, pain is a symptom of another condition or problem; it’s often considered a warning sign that something is wrong. If pain becomes chronic, however, it’s no longer a warning sign of a problem- it is a problem.

Symptoms:

  • Pain that does not go away as expected after an illness or injury.
  • Pain that may be described as shooting, burning, aching, or electrical.
  • Discomfort, soreness, tightness or stiffness that is regular.

Chronic pain can lead to other problems, such as:

  • Fatigue, which can cause impatience and a loss of motivation.
  • Sleeplessness, often because the pain keeps you awake during the night.
  • Withdrawal from activity and an increased need to rest.
  • A weakened immune system, leading to frequent infections or illness.
  • Depression, which is common and can make your pain worse.
  • Other mood changes, such as hopelessness, fear, irritability, anxiety and stress.
  • Disability, which may include not being able to go to work or school or perform other daily activities.

Types of Chronic Pain:

  • Subluxations
  • Joint Dysfunction
  • Muscle Imbalances
  • Strained Tendons or Ligaments
  • Bruised Muscles
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Disc Problems and Back Surgery
  • Sciatic and Leg Pain
  • Shoulder, Arm and Hand Problems
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrom (TMJ)
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrom
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s Disease/Multiple Sclerosis