"Sometimes the treatment chronic pain requires a recommendation for pain relief or pain management by Integrative Pain Management. Our team offers treatment for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions such as headaches and migraines, neck and low back pain, joint pain, arthritis-related pain, neuropathic pain, neuralgias, myofascial pain, torticollis, spastic hemiparesis, regional pain syndrome (RSD), cancer-related pain, bursitis, fibromyalgia, piriformis syndrome, among many others.
About 90 percent of the time pain from an acute injury will resolve in a few months, with or without diagnostic work up and treatment, sometimes the pain can lasts longer. When this pain last longer than expected, generally greater than 3 months, it is considered "chronic pain".
Approximately 10 percent of adults in the United States have chronic, incurable pain. However, surveys show that 2/3 of those with chronic pain perceive themselves to be able to continue to live a high-quality, functional life. This suggests the majority of people with chronic pain have learned to engage in activities that they enjoy, despite living with chronic pain.
Accepting and Adapting to Chronic Pain
It is natural for people with chronic pain to go through periods of anger, denial and continuing to search or wishing for impossible cures. However, eventually it is important to accept the pain and to accept the fact that life style modification will be required. While some patients must realize they may no longer be able to perform work and/or perform many other activities in the ways they used to, there are many new patterns of activity that can be enjoyed regardless of the pain. Your expectations may need to change, you will need to learn to pace yourself and you will benefit from prioritizing your activities and re-examining your values. People with chronic pain who enjoy their lives the most are those who have been the most flexible in the way they have adapted to the ongoing pain and limitations. A referral to our caring psychologist can provide patients the "tools" required to work through this process."