Thursday, March 16, 2017

Common types of chronic pain

People often hold back from seeing a doctor about chronic pain because it can be hard to describe or tie to a specific cause. But if you're experiencing pain on a regular basis you should not suffer alone. If not controlled, chronic pain can grow and lead to additional physical and mental problems such as depression, anxiety, drug abuse, sleeplessness and more. You might be surprised to learn the most common types of chronic pain - and more surprised to learn there are steps you can take for relief.

Doctor consulting carefully with his patient

What is chronic pain?

The American Academy of Pain Medicine defines chronic pain as follows:
While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial mishap -- sprained back, serious infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain -- arthritis, cancer, ear infection, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults.

What are the most common types of chronic pain?

Back pain is by far the most common type of chronic pain that drives people to seek help. Nearly one third of people experiencing chronic pain are feeling it in their back. The next most common types of chronic pain are headache or migraines, neck pain, and joint pain. Women are more likely to experience chronic pain than men.

These issues are the most common but many people experience pain in other areas such as their face, abdomen or chest. The bottom line: if you have pain that doesn't stop and is beginning to interfere with your daily life, it's time to see the doctor.

The functional medicine approach

Our pain management physician, Dr. Pedro Perez, is board-certified in anesthesiology and in pain management, taking a different approach to helping patients manage their pain with a specialty referred to as functional medicine. Traditional medicine is geared towards treating acute pain. Functional medicine takes a bigger look at pain and addresses its underlying causes. It's a more patient-centered approach that treats the whole person, not just a set of symptoms.

Dr. Perez uses functional medicine to relieve chronic pain and empower his patients to take an active role in their health. Learn more about Dr. Perez and his approach to pain management.

Join us for a free seminar: Living with Less Pain

Join pain management physician Dr. Pedro Perez to learn about his innovative approach to addressing your chronic pain. Dr. Perez will treat your conditions using a functional medicine perspective, helping you learn how to make lifestyle modifications that return your whohle system into balance. In this seminar, he'll explain what functional medicine is and how it works to find and address the direct cause of your pain, rather than just treating the ongoing symptoms.
  • Wednesday, March 22 | 12-1 pm
  • Logansport Memorial Hospital conference room DE
  • Light refreshments will be served
  • Please RSVP to reserve your free spot: 574.753.1730

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