Millions of people in the United States suffer from pain lasting for more than 6 months. The pain can range from mild to debilitating, episodic to continuous, and completely disrupt a person’s life. When people experience chronic pain, pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years. All this pain can take a dramatic toll on one’s health and well-being.
What causes chronic pain?
Chronic pain can be triggered by many factors such as nerve damage, chronic inflammation in the blood, poorly healed prior injuries, or wear-and-tear of bones, joints, and tissues from the natural aging process.
One of the most common forms of chronic pain is back, neck, or shoulder pain. It can stem from many different conditions including:
- Years of poor posture and sedentary lifestyle
- Inflammatory diet
- Improper lifting and carrying of heavy objects
- Being overweight (i.e., every 5 extra pounds places 20 additional pounds on the spine and joints)
- Traumatic injuries
- Wearing high heels
What are the symptoms of chronic pain?
Chronic pain symptoms can vary from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms of chronic pain are:
- Mild to severe persistent pain
- Shooting, burning, aching, sore, stiff, or sharp pain in the affected area
- Limited mobility
- Mood shifts like depression, hopelessness, and fear
- Weakened immune system
Understanding the root cause of the pain is the most effective way to treat it. By targeting the immune system and knowing how to lessen the chronic inflammation, the pain can be resolved.
Call our office today to find the right personalized treatment to address your chronic pain.