Pain, from the perspective of the medical professional, is often divided into two main categories: acute pain, and chronic pain. Acute pain is the type of pain that we feel as the immediate result of an injury (for example, your finger hurts after getting hit by a hammer when you are trying to drive a nail). Chronic pain is a pain that is more lasting or frequent in nature. Chronic pain, for example, might be more along the lines of having a back or joint pain that is either constant or comes and goes on a fairly regular basis. There are many different conditions linked to chronic and acute pain. These include autoimmune disorders, spine and nerve damage, neurological conditions like migraines, broken bones, nerve damage, burns, blunt trauma and lacerations, and much more.
The fact is that even minor pain caused by stubbing a toe, is seldom pleasant. Nor is it meant to be – pain is, after all, your body’s way of signaling you that something is wrong. Nature has hard wired us to feel pain when our body is injured or compromised in some way. The problem is though, that much like an alarm system that keeps blaring and refuses to shut off, your body can continue to send signals when you already know the issue exists. Acute pain is most often treated by treating the underlying cause of the pain. A broken arm for instance, normally begins to decrease in pain after the bone is set and the healing process has begun.
Chronic pain is often difficult to manage, becoming a quality of life issue. The degree of pain may vary from mild to debilitating, and in many cases, it is accompanied by other symptoms such as ongoing fatigue, depression or anxiety, irritability and an inability to concentrate. This is completely understandable. Some recent studies have also shown that chronic pain may actually alter brain chemistry, especially in the area of the brain that controls how emotions are processed.
Chronic pain conditions include:
· Back or spine injuries
· Neuropathy or other nerve damage
· Multiple sclerosis
· AIDS or HIV
When treating chronic pain, doctors may employ a variety of treatments ranging from targeted injections to surgery, physical or occupational therapy, prescription medications, bracing, and other pain management treatments.
At Advanced Medical Clinic, we understand pain. We treat people from all walks of life, and we know how to deal with both acute and chronic pain. If you are concerned about how chronic pain is affecting your quality of life, Dr. Ishan Gunawardene of Advanced Medical Clinic can answer all your questions. To make an appointment with us in Wellington or Royal Palm Beach, request an appointment online or call (561) 434-1935 today.