Chronic Pain Conditions that we treat here at CSPP include:
Pain, especially intractable or chronic pain, used to be something many patients simply had to learn to “live” with. In recent years, however, researchers have learned a great deal about pain and its physiological and psychological basis, leading to pain management treatments that can provide complete or partial pain relief.
Untreated pain can interfere with the healing process by affecting the immune system and leading to other undesirable results. In cases of back pain, discomfort can impede the rehabilitation process by interfering with exercise and increasing the risk of psychological distress.
Pain management, also known as pain medicine, draws on many disciplines in science and the healing arts to systematically study pain, its prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, as well as the rehabilitation of painful disorders.
Chronic abdominal pain is continuous or intermittent abdominal discomfort lasting for at least 6 months. Symptoms may range from mild to severe, and can often come and go without necessarily getting worse over time.
If your abdominal pain is severe or recurrent or if it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible:
- Inability to keep food down for more than 2 days
- Any signs of dehydration
- Inability to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
- Painful or unusually frequent urination
- The abdomen is tender to the touch
- The pain is the result of an injury to the abdomen
- The pain lasts for more than a few hours
Elbow pain may involve the arm muscles, elbow ligaments and tendons, as well as the bones in the arm. Common symptoms include:
- Severe pain, swelling and bruising around the elbow joint
- Trouble moving your elbow normally, using your arm or turning your arm from palm up to palm down and vice versa
See a doctor if you experience these symptoms:
- Elbow pain that doesn’t improve after home care (see below)
- Pain that occurs even when you’re not using your arm
- Increasing redness, swelling or pain in the injured area
Hip pain is a common ailment that is characterized by pain on the inside of your hip joint or your groin. Hip pain may be caused by a wide variety of problems, including arthritis, injuries or other problems. The precise location of your hip pain can provide valuable clues about the underlying cause. Hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint.
Chronic knee pain is long-term pain, swelling, or sensitivity in one or both knees. Many conditions can cause or contribute to chronic knee pain, and each person’s experience with chronic knee pain will be different. Temporary knee pain is different from chronic knee pain; many people may experience temporary knee pain as a result of an injury or accident. Chronic knee pain, on the other hand, rarely goes away without treatment, and it isn’t always attributable to one incident. It’s most often the result of several causes or conditions.
Chronic back and leg pain is described as pain that has been felt in the back or leg for six months or longer. Pain is most often located in the lower back, but it may extend to other areas, such as the thighs, calves, and feet. Symptoms of chronic back and leg pain can range from mildly uncomfortable to completely disabling. You may feel a sharp or stabbing pain, a burning sensation, or a dull muscular ache. Affected areas may feel tender or sore to the touch and the pain may increase with movement.
Neck pain can be caused from abnormalities in the soft tissue—the muscles, ligaments, and nerves—as well as with the bones and disks of the spine. The most common causes of neck pain are:
- Soft-tissue abnormalities due to injury (a sprain)
- Prolonged wear and tear
- Infection or tumors may cause neck pain
- Neck problems may be the source of pain in the upper back, shoulders, or arms
- Muscle Tension and Strain
If pain symptoms persist for more than a week, consult with a pain management specialist.
Shoulder pain is defined as chronic when it has been present for longer than six months. Shoulder pain may arise from the shoulder joint itself or from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments or tendons. Shoulder pain that comes from the joint usually worsens with activities or movement of your arm or shoulder.
Various diseases and conditions affecting structures in your chest or abdomen, such as heart disease or gallbladder disease, also can cause shoulder pain. Shoulder pain that arises from another structure is called referred pain. Referred shoulder pain usually doesn’t worsen when you move your shoulder.
Chronic pelvic pain is pain in the area below your bellybutton and between your hips that lasts six months or longer.
Chronic pelvic pain can have multiple causes. It can be a symptom of another disease, or it can be a condition in its own right.
If your chronic pelvic pain appears to be caused by another medical problem, treating that problem may be enough to eliminate your pain.
However, in many cases it’s not possible to identify a single cause for chronic pelvic pain. In that case, the goal of treatment is to reduce your pain and other symptoms and improve your quality of life