We all (after the age of 20 or so) experience the occasional aches and pains that come along with aging. Also known as acute pains, these pains are important for warning us of an injury or possible future injury that needs to be addressed. These pain signals travel up the spinal cord and into the brain, triggering the feeling of pain. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is something different.
Chronic Pain is a pain that continues to be transmitted to the brain even after an injury heals. It can last weeks, years, or a lifetime. It can limit your range of motion, mobility, and reduce flexibility and strength over a long period of time, often making it difficult to carry on with daily activities.
When does a pain become “chronic?”
Pain can be described as chronic when it has lasted 12 weeks or more. It can come and go in a variety of ways. Chronic pain can be sharp, dull, steady, or just once in a while.
Chronic pain can include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Pain after surgery
- Pains due to a trama
- Lower back pain
- Cancer pain
- Arthritis Pain
- Pain caused by nerve damage a.k.a. neurogenic pain
- Pain not caused by any quantifiable source (psychogenic pain)
Treatment for Chronic Pain
There are hundreds of treatments for pain. They range from exercise and natural healing to medication and surgical procedures.
If you are in pain and need o to talk to someone about relief, you can get in touch with the staff here at Comprehensive Spine & Pain. Headed by Dr. VK Puppala, we aim to help reduce pain in minimally effective ways to get you back to your normal daily activity, pain-free.
We are located in Villa Rica, GA and treat patients all over the state of Georgia and beyond. Get in touch with us any time.