Chronic Pain

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Chronic Pain

Chronic pain causes long-term suffering and disability that affects every aspect of life. If you need help managing chronic pain, visit John East, DO, at Addison Pain + Regenerative Medicine in Addison, Texas. Dr. East and his team are experts in diagnosing chronic pain and treating it with advanced therapies. Call the office today to arrange a chronic pain evaluation or book an appointment online.

What is chronic pain?

Pain is a sign that something’s wrong, warning you to take action. If you didn’t feel pain, you wouldn’t pull your hand away from a hot stove or realize that a nail had punctured your foot. Tissue damage, infection, and death become far more likely without pain to protect you.

However, pain ceases to be valuable past a certain point and becomes a considerable burden. Chronic pain lasts three months or longer, often persisting for years or even a lifetime.

If you have long-term pain that isn’t improving, Addison Pain + Regenerative Medicine specializes in non-surgical treatments that reduce pain and restore function.

What are the common causes of chronic pain?

Chronic pain may be a symptom of an ongoing health problem or tissue damage that isn’t healing properly. It often develops because of nerve damage. Sometimes, chronic pain’s root cause is unclear. Conditions that frequently cause chronic pain include:

  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Cancer
  • Trigeminal and occipital neuralgia
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bulging and herniated discs
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)
  • Scoliosis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Migraines and other severe headaches

Infections like shingles can cause chronic pain (postherpetic neuralgia), and diseases like diabetes increase your risk of chronic pain.  

What treatments might ease chronic pain?

Chronic pain treatment begins with determining and addressing the underlying causes. For example, you might require chiropractic adjustments to resolve a spinal misalignment or need to take antibiotics to cure an infection.

It’s also vital to manage chronic diseases like diabetes and prevent pain triggers; for instance, if red wine brings on a migraine, you should avoid drinking it.

Your provider designs a personalized treatment plan to help you manage incurable pain. The plan they create for you varies depending on your condition, age, and other health conditions, but options include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Prescription pain medication
  • Anticonvulsant medication
  • Durable medical equipment (orthopedic braces)
  • Pain management counseling
  • Low-dose antidepressants for pain control
  • Epidural injections
  • Medial branch or facet joint injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Viscosupplementation (hyaluronic acid injections) for arthritis
  • Medical Botox® injections
  • Ketamine infusions
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Medical cannabis
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Bone marrow aspirate (BMA) treatment

Lifestyle changes also make a significant difference in pain management. Eating a healthy, varied diet, quitting smoking, exercising regularly, and reducing stress are all vital. Losing weight can help considerably if you carry excess pounds.

Call Addison Pain + Regenerative Medicine today or book an appointment online for expert help with chronic pain.