Are You Suffering From Chronic Pain?
When you experience pain, you don’t often try to classify it. You just know that it hurts. But understanding what chronic pain is can help you better manage the pain.
What is chronic pain?
When is pain considered chronic?
1. It Normally Starts as an Injury
A tear, twist or break causes pain immediately. This is normal. Your body warns you that you’re hurt.
Pain may start when you have an injury. But pain becomes chronic if it doesn’t go away after you’ve healed.
2. It is Prolonged
Chronic pain typically lasts at least 12 weeks. The pain may be dull or severe, impacting your ability to perform daily tasks and enjoy life.
3. Chronic Pain Can Be a False Alarm
The pain is very real so there’s nothing false about that.
But the actual cause of the pain may be an overreaction of your nervous system. Nerves send signals to the brain to warn it about an injury. But with chronic pain, the signals continue to be sent even when there is no real cause.
4. It Can Be Caused By Inflammation
Inflammation is your body’s way of fighting infection. But sometimes the inflammation itself becomes the unwanted guest, causing chronic pain.
5. Chronic Pain Often Has Residual Symptoms
Those who experience chronic pain often withdraw and suffer from depression.
The persistent, nagging pain is all you can think about.
It’s difficult to:
- Have a conversion
- Enjoy activities that you love
- Move in your full range of motion
Chronic pain is treatable. An experienced physiatrist can identify the true source of your pain and develop a treatment plan to reduce or eliminate it.
Dr. Usman Ahmad will provide you with the best procedures and treatments to ease you from pain.
If you are suffering from chronic pain, visit us at Advance Sports and Spine in Charlotte, NC today. Contact us at (704)542-3988 and schedule an appointment with us!