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Dealing with Chronic Pain? You are not alone.

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 6 months. This pain can vary in duration or intensity. It can be continuous or occasional, mild or completely incapacitating. The source of this pain can come from a multitude of places, ranging from headaches, to joint pain to tendonitis. Generalized nerve and muscle pains can also form in people who have a chronic pain condition. Sometimes a chronic pain condition will originate from a previous injury, infection, surgery, or previous cause of pain, however, some people experience chronic pain with little to know explanation to its origin.

Research is now suggesting that the emotional toll of experiencing chronic pain may be even worse than the pain itself. Individuals experiencing chronic pain often get “run through the ringer” of tests before a chronic pain diagnoses is given. Doctors want to rule out any damage to the area of pain which is necessary but also difficult on the patient. Repeated test results indicating that there is “nothing wrong” followed by treatments with little effect on unrelenting pain can cause anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue. These emotions have the ability to decrease the body’s production of natural painkillers which increases the sensations of pain. It is a vicious cycle.

If you are someone who is experiencing chronic pain, it is so important to remember that you are not alone. The American Institute of Medicine estimates that approximately 116 million Americans experience chronic pain each year. What is the good news? With prevalence rates this high, new research is always being done to help health care professionals learn how to better treat chronic pain once it has been diagnosed.

Physical Therapy can play a really vital role in managing chronic pain conditions. Physical Therapy uses a variety of evidence-based techniques and treatments that allow the gradual increase in activities to keep pain levels from spiking.

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