Chronic pain can be defined as a progressive discomfort that can be of different degrees – from mild to severe. Chronic pain is frequently associated with a chronic illness, lasts longer than acute pain, and has no obvious explanation.
Millions of people suffer from chronic pain, which necessitates proper treatment. It is here that chronic pain management services become important in lessening or eliminating the pain.
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Pain management specialists help patients adopt a multifaceted approach to treating pain. They also teach people how to live with chronic pain. These treatment programs are specific for each patient as different people have different pain tolerance levels and different reactions to pain.
Persistent lower back pain, chronic headaches, and cancer pain belong to the category of chronic pains. Chronic pain may be the result of autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid conditions including Grave's disease, genetic disorders such as multiple sclerosis, back or neck trauma, and less defined disorders like fibromyalgia.
Chronic pain is usually managed by medical methods, psychological methods or alternate therapy approaches. Medical approaches can be divided into two-drug treatment and surgical intervention.
Medications prescribed for pain management include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), steroids to reduce inflammation, muscle relaxants, or anti-anxiety medication to reduce tension, and antidepressants or anti-convulsants to help control specific types of nerve pain.