Managing Chronic Pain
“The cause of chronic pain may not be identifiable and can persist for months or even years.”
February 25, 2015 - Enduring back or leg pain from an injury or strain is bad enough. But what if you’re experiencing pain that seemingly has no cause at all or pain that just won’t go away? Considering that chronic pain is the number one cause of adult disability in the U.S., we’d like to answer some common questions surrounding this mysterious condition.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is basically pain that doesn’t fall into the category of acute pain. Acute pain is targeted, such as pain after surgery. Any pain that lasts longer than six months is characterized as chronic pain and may not always be identifiable.
Chronic pain is sometimes invisible to others, but it can greatly limit a person’s capacity to function and have long-term effects on both mind and body. Those who suffer from chronic pain are also more prone to depression.
Is chronic pain treatable?
If you suffer from chronic pain, treatment is available. Bingham Memorial’s pain management specialists promote a number of approaches to helping patients manage their pain. Our highly skilled physicians specialize in a multidisciplinary pain management approach, which is unique to Idaho, and may include anti-inflammatory medications, antidepressants, physical therapy and relaxation therapy. Additionally, recent technological advances have allowed our doctors to treat chronic back and leg pain like never before.
They treat each patient with the highest quality and most compassionate care by offering a personalized treatment option designed to best suit each patient’s needs.
Is your pain chronic?
We suggest answering a few of these questions to determine if you or a loved one may have chronic pain. Have other treatments failed to relieve your pain? Do the side effects from current treatments reduce the quality of your life? Does pain prevent you from participating in usual daily activities or affect your career, plans or relationships? Have you experienced an increase or change in your pain?If you answered yes to any of these questions, Bingham Memorial’s pain management group could be your solution to pain. Speak with your doctor about the type of pain you’re experiencing, and ask if a pain management plan might be right for you. For additional information, please call 782-3701.