Chronic pain affects an estimated 86 million American adults to some degree. It may be caused by a variety of reasons, including arthritis, trauma, cancer, etc. Pain management is a multidisciplinary specialty to manage patients in pain with a range of services offered by experts in the field.
Acute pain is a type of pain that typically lasts less than 3 to 6 months. Acute pain usually comes on suddenly and is generally caused by surgery, trauma, disease, inflammation, etc. It goes away when there is no longer an underlying cause for the pain. In some rare instances, it can become chronic.
Chronic pain is defined as persistent pain lasting six months or more. It can be made much worse by environmental and psychological factors. Chronic pain is a complex medical condition that can be difficult to diagnose and equally challenging to treat. A person may have two or more co-existing chronic pain conditions.
People have different thresholds for pain, so pain itself can be highly subjective and challenging for the sufferer to gauge, explain or make other people understand. It certainly impacts many people daily, potentially affecting even the simplest of daily activities.
Effective communication is crucial to achieving proper pain management because each person's pain is unique with different underlying causes. For many reasons, many patients and their healthcare professionals encounter barriers that interfere with open and honest dialogue, especially when treating pain. At Advanced Pain Modalities, we work hard to understand both you and your pain and give you the relief you deserve. We challenge ourselves to serve you and listen to you because we believe this is the first step towards treating your pain. We view our relationship with you as a partnership, with the common goal is getting you to a better quality of life where your pain levels are at a minimum.