There’s more to Pain than Pain Itself
- Posted on: May 15 2017
Pain is something that most of us would like to avoid at all costs. Even minor discomforts such as a paper cut can be highly unpleasant. If we were to ask you how you would feel about being in pain more often than not, or all the time, we imagine you would quickly say “no, thanks!” and “I would never let that happen.” The thing is, you might be.
Millions of people live with chronic pain on a daily basis without giving it much thought. This could be due to an arthritic condition, an old back injury, or it could be that head, and neck pain remains at a constant lull – at least until a migraine develops. Living in pain is more than it may seem. Chronic pain can change behaviors, making you more short-tempered and easily irritable. You may feel impatient or frustrated, or just plain exhausted all the time.
- Pain is draining; plain and simple. Constant tightness in the shoulders or back or shooting pain down the leg demands your focus. This means that focusing on other matters at hand, such as your work, becomes a challenge. Concentration is disrupted. During your restful times, pain may also sneak in to spoil the fun. More than wanting to get out and play, the person who is in pain may seek quiet and solitude. But that’s not all.
In one study, researchers found that brain chemistry may change in response to chronic pain. It has been suggested that specific brain cells, those in the area of emotional processing, degrade relatively quickly in people with chronic physical discomfort. The result is depression-like symptoms. Also, changes in brain chemistry may create new symptoms as well as exacerbate those that already exist. This is because the brain is naturally inclined to anticipate the recurrence of pain when an initially injury is not resolved.
There is no singular way in which all types of pain can be appropriately managed. This is why it is important to obtain care from a multidisciplinary practice like Urgent Orthopedic Specialists. to treat pain successfully, a thorough examination and testing is necessary. The information collected during the initial assessment will help us come up with a treatment plan.
If you’re suffering from pain, let the team at Urgent Orthopedic Specialists helo! Give us a call at 432-520-3020 to schedule your consultation today!
Posted in: General Orthopedics