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When to Seek Professional Help for Chronic Pain

When to Seek Professional Help for Chronic Pain

Pain can take many forms. Maybe it’s an ache in your lower back, and for someone else, it’s stabbing pain in the arch of the foot or tingling in the fingers. According to reports, about 30 percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain, which lasts upwards of six months or more.

Thankfully, there are several treatment options for chronic pain. Here is more about it and when professional help is your best treatment option.

What Are the Sources of Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can begin with an injury from a car accident, fall, surgery, or other mishap. It may originate in an ongoing degenerative condition, such as osteoarthritis. Headaches, cancer, and even cancer treatment may create crushing, stabbing, burning pain, which just will not go away. Or, chronic pain may recur due to certain triggers that you may not even be aware of, such as the sensory stimuli that may start up a migraine.

Whatever the location and severity of your chronic pain, you can be sure that your central nervous system is involved in the process. Triggers for recurring pain can include:

  • Job and relationship stress
  • Anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders
  • Overexertion on the job or in exercise and sports
  • Loneliness (isolation)
  • Unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as cigarette smoking and consuming too much alcohol

These chronic pain triggers also can overlap, making it hard to understand the exact reasons and sources for chronic pain.

When to Seek Professional Help for Chronic Pain?

For most people, chronic pain is a source of frustration–even depression. If this sounds like you, it may be time to seek professional help from a pain management specialist.

Chronic pain specialists are healthcare providers who can help you with imaging, physical examination, blood work, nerve conduction studies, and other kinds of in-office assessments. Most important of all, a pain specialist will listen to your symptoms. So, when you visit with one, come prepared with some specifics, including when pain happens, what you may think triggers it, and what you have tried to relieve it.

Most healthcare providers would tell you that you should seek professional help when chronic pain:

  • Lasts for weeks to months
  • Disrupts home and work life
  • Halts activities you once enjoyed, such as sports or even just walking the dog
  • Makes you gain or lose weight
  • Impacts your appetite and the quality of your nightly sleep

Working with your medical history, symptoms, and the test results, your pain management specialist can develop strategies to manage your chronic pain. Medication and surgery are not always the first and best solutions. In fact, at NIVA Health, we can help you harness your body’s own natural abilities to heal so you feel better and function at a higher level.

Solutions for Chronic Pain

Sound wave therapy, PRP injections, and trigger point therapy can be utilized singly or in combination to relieve chronic pain and to avoid the triggers that increase your chronic pain symptoms. Here is more on each of these treatments.

PRP Therapy

Also called platelet-rich plasma therapy, PRP injections are composed of concentrated platelets taken from the patient’s own blood sample. This natural serum contains growth factors and healing proteins, which reduce inflammation and increase tissue regeneration. Carpal tunnel syndrome, golfer’s elbow, and stubborn iliotibial band syndrome are among the chronic pain conditions treated by PRP therapy.

Trigger Point Therapy

The pain management specialist uses a very thin needle to release painful tension in hypertonic or tight muscle groups in the neck, back, and other areas. Ultrasound and manual location of muscle knots guide the healthcare provider in correctly placing the needles that contain saline or local anesthetic. TPT helps people with advanced osteoarthritis, headaches, and other chronic pain conditions.

Acoustic Soundwave Therapy

Also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or ESWT, this easy, in-office treatment painlessly breaks up scar tissue and stimulates the growth of healthier, more functional tissue. It may be applied to major body joints, such as the shoulder and elbow. It even has helped men with erectile dysfunction.

Additional Help for Chronic Pain

Your healthcare provider also may recommend some lifestyle changes to lower levels of chronic pain. These can include:

  • Exercising daily with stretching, walking, or gentler tai chi or yoga
  • Deep breathing through times of more intense pain
  • Taking breaks as you do your daily tasks
  • Keeping in close communication with your PCP, pain management specialist, and supportive family members and friends

Pain Management in Melbourne, FL

At NIVA Health, our professional team understands the frustration of life-limiting chronic pain. We work hard to deliver innovative, safe, and natural treatment options geared to the individual and his or her specific health needs and goals.

If you have longstanding pain, please give us a call at (866) 377-5872 or request a complimentary consultation here. We have locations in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Illinois. We look forward to serving you.

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