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 (e.g. broken bone, cut requiring stitches, etc.) 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. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, lower back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself), psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside or outside the nervous system).
Signs and Symptoms
To paraphrase a well-worn cliché, “you’ll know it when you feel it.” People have different thresholds for pain, and can experience it differently. Having said that, there are some common descriptions of the various types of pain, such as pounding, jabbing, throbbing, burning, piercing, stinging, etc. While much research has been conducted on pain, there is much that remains a mystery. And while pain is clearly physiological, it may also contain psychological and even cultural elements too. What is important is that you pay attention to it, and listen to what it may be trying to tell you – this is why visiting with your doctor is so important. Together, you can work on trying to uncover the source of your pain, and alleviating its discomfort.
Acupuncture, medication, chiropractic, therapeutic massage, local electrical stimulation, and brain stimulation – there are many different ways and modalities currently being used in the treatment of chronic pain. Some physicians even use placebos, which in some cases has resulted in a lessening or elimination of pain. Psychotherapy, relaxation and medication therapies, biofeedback, and behavior modification may also be employed to treat chronic pain. Together, with your doctor, you can partner on what works best for you.
Integrative Medicine Treatment Options
We combine the best of conventional medicine with the best of complementary and alternative therapies to give you optimal results.
Here are some options we use at Alliance Integrative Medicine LOCATED IN Cincinnati, Ohio
- Medication, Herbal Therapies and Supplements
- Energy Healing
- Mind/Body Relaxation Techniques
- Medical Massage Therapy
Our chronic pain patients come to us from Westchester/Liberty Township, Mason, Indian Hill, Hyde Park and Loveland as well as Reading, Springdale, Terrace Park, Blue Ash, Finneytown and from all over the United States.