According to CNN, persistent pain-related conditions affect more than 100 million citizens. This number is more than many other common afflictions combined, such as diabetes and cancer. According to the CNN article, many chronic pain sufferers rely on prescription medication in isolation to manage their pain. This is often not effective and can lead to addiction.
There is a fairly unknown speciality of medicine called interventional pain medicine that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and managing pain disorders. These physicians use techniques such as injections and minor, non-invasive surgeries to manage chronic, persistent pain. These doctors treat pain associated with disorders such as back/neck/spine pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, and cancer pain.
Some other tips that the CNN article gave for those people who are suffering from chronic pain include:
1. Finding a good, reputable pain specialist.
2. Use any prescribed pain medication responsibly and as directed by your physician.
3. Be informed about your condition and treatment options. Educate yourself.
4. Consider the options of nerve blocks or spinal cord stimulators.
5. Manage your expectations, specifically about what you expect to gain from treatments or medications.
For more information and to read the CNN article in its entirety, please click here.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania. He takes cases for clients who are experiencing chronic pain as the result of an injury due to the fault of another. For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.