The Different Types of Pain
Americans may suffer from either acute pain or chronic pain. It is important to categorize pain into acute or chronic to determine the most appropriate rehabilitation program best suited for your needs. Acute pain is the expected response to injuries such as an infection, a cut, or other physical injuries. This type of pain is short-lived and responds to standard treatment. On the other hand, chronic pain lasts for more than 3 months and is intractable pain that has not resolved with appropriate treatment. Chronic pain cannot be treated or cured but only managed. The goal of treatment is to improve the quality of life and functionality of the individual.
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Understanding Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is one of the most common illnesses in our country without regard to age, gender, class, and race. One estimate suggests that about 100 million Americans experience different levels of pain over long periods of time. Although mild pain can be tolerated, excruciating pain either episodic or continuous, can significantly affect quality of life and functionality. Chronic pain clearly has a negative impact on the physical and emotional condition of an individual.
According to the medical experts, headaches, backaches, pain from injury, and joint pain are the most common known sources of pain. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendinitis, and sinus pain are examples of chronic pain that are less typical. Generalized muscle pain or nerve pain may also lead to a chronic condition if left untreated.
Although chronic pain has obvious effects on the physical body, it can also have an emotional toll if the pain is not addressed properly. These negative effects include stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and fatigue. The immune system may also be affected.
Pain as a Major Health Issue
Proper pain treatment is important to the success rate of recovery from surgery and other injuries. Improper treatment may lead to the development of chronic pain. About 50 million Americans today are disabled by this disease. Cancer pain also represents significant morbidity that affects the quality of life of those patients.
Pain as an Economic Problem
Chronic pain is an economic issue because both companies and workers have lost income due to inability to work, medical expenses, and benefit costs paid by organizations. In addition, the cost for healthcare has been on the rise which in return especially affects senior citizens, minorities, and individuals in lower income brackets.
Pain as a Social Problem
Unmanaged pain can ruin one’s social life. Withdrawal from family and friends is quite common among Americans suffering from chronic pain. Unmanaged pain may also produce feelings of being a burden not only to their family and friends but also to society in general.
Pain Management Goals
The ultimate goal of pain management is to provide relief that enables the patient to improve their quality of life and performance. Rehabilitation of individuals experiencing chronic pain is a step-by-step process which requires the dedication, expertise, and skills of a pain specialist. Patients must play an active role in the recovery process to achieve the desired results.
Chronic pain is a serious condition that shouldn’t be taken lightly. In fact, it is a chronic disease condition that is in the same league as diabetes. If left unmanaged, the once simple problem will eventually lead to a miserable life. Give Restoration of Murphy a call today for help alleviating your problem.