Chronic Pain Conditions
Pain that persists for a longer period of time without any signs of reducing is known as chronic pain. A lot of Americans suffer with chronic pain. Most people fail to differentiate between chronic pain and acute pain. Acute pain is felt when the nervous system gets signals from affected body parts warning of a possible injury. Chronic pain persists for a longer period of time and the pain signals are triggered for weeks, months or years.
Chronic pain can be caused due to many factors which may include injury to a body part, surgery, trauma, infection, cancer, arthritis and so on. People can experience chronic pain without any of these causes too. Researchers have not been able to find an answer to this yet.
Types of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain generally affects adults and older people. However, children may also experience chronic pain due to certain underlying causes. Most common forms of chronic pain are:
- Lower Back Pain
- Arthritis Pain
- Neurogenic Pain
- Pelvic Pain
- Psychogenic Pain
- Phantom Limb Pain
- Pain related to sports injuries
- Post Surgical Pain
Chronic pain can be treated by medication, surgery, acupuncture, brain stimulation and electrical stimulation. The use of placebos has shown positive results in reducing and curing chronic pain. Alternate treatments like behavior modification, psychotherapy, relaxation therapy and biofeedback have shown to effectively reduce chronic pain.
Finding the exact cause of pain helps in effective treatment. You could also take suggestions from your doctor and come up with a suitable treatment plan that would combine different forms of therapy to achieve positive results. Scientists believe that advances in neuroscience will throw up better and effective forms of treatment in the near future.