How We Help Manage Pain

How We Help Manage Pain

September is National Pain Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to raise awareness about issues related to chronic pain. Chronic pain impacts the lives of over 100 million American adults, making it one of the most common health conditions in the United States.  

The dedicated providers at Boston PainCare in Waltham, Natick, and Concord, Massachusetts, specialize in helping people with chronic pain find relief. Learn how our holistic and integrated approach to pain management can help you.  

Understanding chronic pain

You experience pain as a warning to you that something is wrong with your body. It alerts you that part of your body could be injured by sending a signal through your nervous system from the injured area to your brain. 

As the injury gets better, your pain level should diminish until you don’t experience pain at all. But for millions of Americans, pain can become chronic, lasting for at least 12 weeks and in some cases decades. 

With chronic pain, your body continues to send pain signals to your brain even once the acute injury or illness that caused the initial pain resolves. This pain may be continuous, or it may come and go. 

While the injury may be gone, the pain it continues to cause can have devastating effects on your life, limiting your mobility, impairing flexibility and balance, reducing your strength and endurance, impacting your emotional and mental health, and making even the most basic tasks, like sleeping, a challenge.  

These side effects of chronic pain can make it challenging to function and is the leading cause of long-term disability in America. 

Causes of chronic pain

Most people have an injury, like a pulled muscle or herniated disc, that begins the cycle of chronic pain. Researchers believe that chronic pain occurs in these instances because of damaged nerves. 

Some people develop chronic pain without an acute injury. In these cases, the cause of chronic pain isn’t understood. Researchers are studying different conditions, commonly linked to chronic pain, to better understand how it works. These conditions include:

Older adults experience chronic pain more often than young people, but it can occur at any age. Other factors that increase the risk of developing chronic pain include being overweight or obese, being female, having a previous injury, and having surgery. 

How pain management can help

At Boston PainCare, our team uses an integrated approach to help manage chronic pain. Your specialists may include anesthesiologists, neurologists, and physical rehabilitation specialists who work together to design a personalized plan for your specific needs. 

With pain management, a no one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Instead, your Boston PainCare specialists use a variety of treatments and therapies to address the underlying and acute causes of your pain. 

Your pain management plan may include one or more of the following modalities, including:

If you’re struggling with chronic pain, let the team at Boston PainCare help. Contact the office nearest you in Waltham, Natick, or Concord, Massachusetts, and schedule a consultation today.  

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