Chronic pain is rapidly becoming recognised as a major health problem that has considerable impact on quality of life for those experiencing it. Coping with chronic pain and trying to get on with day-to-day life can be extremely challenging.
Here are the most common types of chronic pain affecting adults today:
1. Chronic Back Pain: The common causes are:
I. Deconditioning of the muscles also called atrophy of the muscles.
II. Improper posture or poor workplace posture.
III. Traumatic events such as car accidents, falls on wet slippery floor can expedite the degenerative process on the spine.
IV. Genetics and aging causes our bodies to degenerate and lose muscle strength and space within the disc of our spine.
2. Chronic Headaches: The common Conditions include:
I. Inflammation of the blood vessels in and around the brain, including stroke.
II. Meningitis, inflammation of brain and spinal cord membranes, typically caused by an infection.
III. Intracranial pressure that’s either too high or too low.
IV. Brain tumour, a cancerous or non-cancerous mass or growth of abnormal cells in the brain.
V. Traumatic brain injury or brain dysfunction caused by an outside force, usually a violent blow to the head.
3. Chronic Joint Pain: The Common causes are:
I. Arthritis, Inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that can worsen with age.
II. Osteoarthritis, a type of arthritis that occurs when flexible tissue at the ends of bones wears down.
III. Rheumatoid Arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet.
IV. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a disease characterised by profound fatigue, sleep abnormalities, pain and other symptoms that are made worse by exertion.
V. Bursitis, inflammation of the fluid-filled pads that act as cushions at the joints.
VI. Fibromyalgia, widespread muscle pain and tenderness.
VII. Ankylosing Spondylitis, an inflammatory arthritis affecting the spine and large joints.
VIII. Bone Infection or Osteomyelitis, inflammation of bone caused by infection, generally in the legs, arm or spine.
4. Chronic Nerve Pain: The common causes are:
I. Sciatica, typically caused by nerve compression which triggers a shooting pain down the leg.
II. Diabetic Neuropathy, often occurring in the hands or feet.
III. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, commonly associated with repetitive motion.
IV. Post herpetic Neuralgia, a type of chronic pain which persists after a shingles outbreak.
V. Trigeminal Neuralgia, caused by injury to the trigeminal nerve of the face.
The impact of chronic pain on a person’s quality of life can be devastating. Not being able to work or take part in social activities can be incredibly frustrating for patients.
Spinalogy Pain specialists often refer to two types of chronic pain i.e. Physiological pain, which acts as a warning function where identifying the cause of the pain can lead to a cure.
And non-physiological pain, which has no function and requires investigation of the nervous system to fully understand the underlying pathology and meaning of the pain.
Our pain management specialists are trained in accurately identifying injuries and treating them appropriately before they become chronic pain. Our doctors are also highly skilled at treating chronic pain regardless of how long our patients have had their injuries.
Treatment at Spinalogy Pain Clinic can give you the skills to manage your chronic pain on your own and make you capable to function, so that you may return to work.