Most pain that is brought on by illness or injury will run its course, but what if it never subsides? Chronic pain syndrome is pain that persists for months or even years after your body has healed from the event that caused you to experience pain in the first place. The condition can also come on suddenly, even when there is no known trigger for the pain. Chronic pain can be quite debilitating, not only affecting your physical health but taking a toll on your mental health as well. As a result, it’s important to seek the help of both physical and psychological health professionals for the most comprehensive treatment plan.
- Fibromyalgia: This is classified as a neurological condition that triggers pain and sensitivity in various parts of the body.
- Osteoarthritis: This arthritic condition occurs when the protective cartilage between your bones wears away over time.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: This is an autoimmune disease that results in painful joint inflammation.
- Back Pain: Muscle strains, nerve compression and/or arthritis of the spine can all cause chronic pain.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Chronic inflammation of the digestive tract can lead to severe pain and cramping.
- Poor sleep
- Loss of focus
- Low libido
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Relationship or family problems
- Pain Relievers: Drugs such as anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, steroids and muscle relaxers may be prescribed to help relieve pain.
- Psychological or Behavioral Therapy: Certain psychological therapies can have a positive effect on your mood, thus, helping to relieve the feelings of pain. Other therapies such as Biofeedback therapy can help you use your mind to control your bodily reactions in response to pain.
- Physical Therapy: A physical therapist can guide you through a gentle exercise regimen to help increase the flexibility and range of motion in your affected joint.
Just because you live with chronic pain, it doesn’t mean there isn’t something you can do about it. At Medical Rehabilitation Centers of Pennsylvania, our team of physiatrists can help restore your functional ability and also significantly enhance your quality of life. If you’re looking for a long-term solution for your chronic pain, contact us for a full diagnostic and treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
For comprehensive diagnostics and tailor-made physical therapy treatments in and around Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Area, contact MRCP. Visit us at one of our convenient locations or contact us online.