Chronic pain doesn’t just hurt. It can put lives on hold. Many who suffer from chronic pain — pain initially caused by an injury or illness that lasts longer than six months — also must deal with secondary complications that make the problem worse. When pain is unrelenting, it’s hard to sleep. When we don’t sleep well, it’s hard to be at our best during the day. When job performance is affected, financial problems may follow, which causes us to worry and lose sleep. It becomes a vicious cycle. Chronic pain can lead to stress, anxiety, fear, irritability, even feelings of guilt for not being able to participate in normal activities. And those things only make the pain worse.
Chronic pain is a particular problem for those recovering from traumatic injury, diabetes, fibromyalgia, amputation and a nerve disorder known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy. When pain becomes chronic, it is still present even after the physical injury has healed. The brain continues to interpret all sensations from the problem areas as painful, signaling pain sensations long after the injury heals.
Our skilled physical and occupational therapists can help you manage chronic pain.
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