Everyone feels pain from time to time. Often, pain starts from an acute injury, such as pulling a muscle or breaking a bone. The pain you experience tells you that something is wrong. The good news is that when the acute injury heals, acute pain usually goes away.
However, chronic pain is different. Your body keeps hurting months or even years after the injury. The sensation of pain results from a series of electrical signals that travel through your nervous system and reache your brain. The brain processes the signals and sends out the message that you are hurt. With chronic pain, the nerve signals keep firing even after the acute cause of pain is resolved. Some common causes of chronic pain include old injuries or previous surgeries, back problems, headaches, arthritis, nerve damage, infection and fibromyalgia.
Chronic pain can lead to a vicious cycle leading to additional complications which can worsen. Some of these secondary complications include trouble sleeping, lack of energy, anxiety, stress, depression and immobility. All of these factors work to worsen the chronic pain. In addition, chronic pain can lead to problems at home and at work and leads to more stress.
The Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine team at Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists evaluates each patient as an individual with specific needs and tailors a personalized treatment plan to address the causes of the pain as well as the secondary issues. These can include therapy, medications, injections, neuromodulation, assistive devices and education. We will work together to break the cycle of pain.