What Are Some Major Causes of Chronic Pain?

major causes of chronic pain

The top 3 major causes of chronic pain according to doctors around you

Bodily pain is something we all deal with routinely. Pain is the body’s way of telling that something is wrong and remedial action needs to be taken. If any part of your body has suffered an injury, the pain signal will move from the injured area up to your spinal cord and then to your brain. This is when you feel the sharp stab or pinch which we refer to as pain.

The body helps us survive better by sending us pain signals and dealing with the problem at hand. Usually, the pain subsides with time as the body heals. However, in some cases, the pain persists even after the injury has healed. This type of persistent pain is called chronic pain. Chronic pain can be quite crippling. It limits one’s ability to perform everyday tasks. It also leaves a deep emotional impact on the person suffering from it.

What is chronic pain and what causes it? Let us take a detailed look.

What is Chronic Pain?

In medical terms, chronic pain is referred to as any bodily pain that spans over three months or more. The extent of the pain differs from time to time i.e. sometimes it can be a sharp stabbing pain and other times a dull throb. According to American Pain Foundation, 42-50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain can occur in any part of the body. Chronic pain can be of the following types:

  • Headache
  • Pain after a surgery
  • Pain after a trauma
  • Lower back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain caused by damaged nerves (neurogenic pain)

What Are The Causes of Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is circumstantial. A number of factors are responsible for it. For example, aging is one of the primary reasons for chronic pain. As we age, our bones become fragile and deformed. This can cause muscular and joint pain such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Apart from aging, deep injuries and nerve damage are responsible for causing chronic pain.

Back pain is a form of chronic pain that is experienced by the majority of the population. Multiple factors are responsible for chronic back pain such as:

  • Consistent poor posture
  • Lifting of heavy objects without proper care
  • Obesity. Excess body weight puts a strain on the back

A curved spine that may be due to injury or maybe congenital

Consistent use of high heels

  • Poor sleeping posture

Along with that, some chronic pains are also caused due to the following serious ailments:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome: this is caused due to extreme tiredness and lack of proper rest.
  • Endometriosis: this is a painful medical condition caused due to the abnormal growth of the uterine lining outside the uterus.
  • Fibromyalgia: Musculoskeletal pain which is accompanied by fatigue and mood disorders.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease: Caused due to inflammation in the digestive tract and characterized by severe pain.
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ): this is characterized by painful clicking and locking of the jaw.

How To Treat Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is difficult to deal with. Any person suffering from it needs relief in order to live a healthy and stable life. Chronic pain can be treated and managed in the following ways:

  1. By taking appropriate medicines. Over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin (Bufferin) or ibuprofen (Advil) are usually the first line of action to treat chronic pain.
  2. If the pain persists, then certain medical procedures are used to treat the pain. These procedures include electrical stimulation, nerve block, acupuncture, and surgery.

To get more information on chronic pain and related medical procedures, contact Optima Medical. They have multiple offices located in the state of Arizona.

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