Both are your body’s manner of suggesting you need to take care of the source of the sensation- think of broken bones, cuts in the skin, or torn muscles- or there may be ongoing causes of pain such as arthritis, cancer or ear infections; yet, chronic pain persists, firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, and even years after treatment measures have been received or even in the absence of any past injury or evidence of bodily damage.
Signs and Symptoms
Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults, though the symptoms are not limited to any one age group. Common chronic pain complaints include:
- 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).
While much research has been conducted on pain, there is much that remains a mystery. People also have various thresholds for pain and therefore, can experience it differently. With that, some of the common descriptions of pain include, but are not limited to pounding, jabbing, throbbing, burning, piercing, and stinging.
Pain is clearly physiological, but it may also have psychological or even cultural elements. What is important is to acknowledge it and visit with your doctor to work on uncovering the source and alleviating its discomfort. A combination of psychotherapy, relaxation and medication therapies, biofeedback and behavior modification therapies may be employed to treat chronic pain. Some physicians even use placebos, which in some cases has resulted in the subsiding or elimination of pain.
At Alliance, we recommend and offer medical acupuncture, chiropractic care, rolfing, prolotherapy, and therapeutic massage amongst other modalities to be utilized in the treatment of chronic pain. Together, we can partner with you to decide what will work best for your treatment.
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