Pain Management Is Vital To Our Health

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Pain is the body’s self-preservation tool that alerts you that damage to your body is occurring or likely to occur. The inability to experience pain, like when a person has lost sensation because of diabetes, can be dangerous because the person receives no warning of impending damage. If you suffer from chronic pain or no pain sensation at all, you should visit a pain management specialist to help you to manage your condition.

Managing Pain

Pain management specialists classify pain into two categories – acute and chronic.

  • Acute pain occurs generally for a limited time and is caused because of tissue damage. As the body begins to repair itself the pain progressively dissipates.
  • Chronic pain refers to pain that lasts for six months and more. Pain management of this condition becomes compelling and merits investigation and expert intervention. Chronic pain could be caused for a variety of reasons which often baffle patients, their physicians and pain management specialists as well. The results of chronic pain can be quite devastating and often have serious psychological implications.

Consider these statistics:

  • Chronic pain affects about 80 million people in the US.
  • Lower back pain is the most common chronic pain affecting 31 million Americans below the age of 45.
  • Chronic pain costs the country about $70B per year.

These statistics present a very strong case for pain management specialists. Pain management relies on a number of techniques for providing relief, depending on the nature and severity of the pain. Some common pain management techniques are:

  • Medication management
  • Interventional procedures
  • Acupuncture and alternative therapies
  • Chiropractic or physiotherapy
  • Psychological counseling and support

If you have questions about pain management or your health in general, feel free to speak with our doctors at Prime Medical, San Pedro’s simplest healthcare provider with your most frequently needed services all on-site. Call (310) 548-0201.

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