Pain is invisible – there is no way for others to see it or touch it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a big problem. About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and it costs up to $635 billion yearly in medical care and lost productivity. It can take over a person’s life, but it doesn’t have to. There’s no magic pill for treating chronic pain, but learning to manage it can help create a happier and healthier life.
Pain is not a symptom that exists alone. Other problems associated with pain can include:
With chronic pain, the goal of treatment is to reduce pain and improve function, so the person can resume day-to-day activities. Patients and their healthcare providers have a number of options for the treatment of pain. Some are more effective than others. Whatever the treatment plan, it is important to remember that chronic pain usually cannot be cured, but it can be managed. The following treatments are among the most common ways to manage pain:
Don’t let pain control you. Let us diagnose and treat your pain so you can enjoy a happy and healthy life!