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Chronic Pain

Regain Your Mobility with Effective Chronic Pain Treatments

According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 50 million U.S. adults suffer from chronic pain. This amounts to over 20.4% of the total U.S. population.

Most people attribute their symptoms to rigorous exercise or improperly lifting objects like boxes. When this happens, the condition is written off, delaying treatment and follow-up care.

Unlike occasional body aches that to heal over time, chronic pain is prolonged pain that lasts for at least three months—it may even continue for years. As opposed to typical pain, chronic pain causes sharp aches in the affected area or areas that do not lessen over time. The body continues to release electrical pain signals, resulting in the patient continually experiencing a burning or aching sensation.

Chronic pain can develop in any area of the body. If left untreated, the condition escalates and may result in long-term disability—one of the most common outcomes of untreated chronic pain.

Conditions That Cause Chronic Pain

While chronic pain may arise without any external trauma, it is mostly triggered by an injury or health condition. Patients are urged to consult specialists and physicians in cases that have no external impact rather than waiting for natural healing.

Common conditions that cause chronic pain include:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Past Injuries (Back Sprain/Pulled Muscle/Neck Sprain)
  • Unresolved Migraines
  • Endometriosis
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Nerve Damage
  • Untreated Infections
  • Psychogenic Pain

While chronic pain can develop in people of all ages, older adults are more susceptible to it. Women and overweight individuals are also more prone to developing chronic pain. People who have undergone painful surgeries in the past—including amputations, cardiac surgery, oophorectomy, and breast surgery, among others—may develop postsurgical chronic pain that requires a similar course of corrective treatment.

Symptoms of Chronic Pain

Depending on the stage and intensity of the condition, individuals may experience mild to severe pain in the affected area. The pain usually subsides for a few hours and returns with a sharp and throbbing intensity that grows over time.

Common symptoms include:

  • A Burning Sensation
  • Dull Body Aches
  • Stinging
  • Soreness
  • Sudden Stiffness
  • Tightness
  • Joint Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular Sleep

As the symptoms intensify, people suffering from chronic pain experience reduced mobility, flexibility, strength, and stamina. Their ability to perform basic tasks is also affected. Specific movements and positions tend to cause a sharp pain that further hinders their ability to extend or retract their body as required.

Treatment for Chronic Pain at Houston Physicians’ Hospital

Our team of specialists, physicians, and surgeons use state-of-the-art technology, cutting-edge software solutions, innovative procedures, and medical expertise to treat chronic pain. Whether you’ve been experiencing chronic pain for a few months or recently noticed an uneven pattern of persistent pain, our team will effectively diagnose and provide treatments for the condition with the goal of helping you return to your normal routine.

As the severity and frequency of chronic pain varies, our team of specialists examines each case in detail to determine the best course of treatment. By taking lifestyle, underlying health conditions, symptoms, and medical history into account, our team can develop an individualized treatment plan addressing specific concerns, providing long-term pain relief and enhanced mobility.

Visit our website to find a physician and surgeon who will work on a long-term relief plan for your chronic pain. Our expert medical professionals serve patients across Southeast Texas—including South Houston, Clear Lake, Webster, League City, Galveston, and neighboring communities.

With over 15 local outpatient physical therapy clinics across Southeast Texas, we can ensure our patients receive optimal follow-up care for long-term health and wellness.