Pain is your body’s way of suggesting you need to take care of the source of the sensation-think of broken bones, cuts in the skin, or torn muscles-or there may be ongoing causes of pain such as arthritis, cancer, or ear infections. Sometimes chronic pain persists, firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, and even years after treatment measures have been received or even in the absence of any past injury or evidence of bodily damage.
Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults, though the symptoms are not limited to any one age group. Common chronic pain complaints include:
While extensive research has been conducted on pain, there is much that remains a mystery. People also have various thresholds for pain and, therefore, can experience it differently. Some of the common descriptions of pain include but are not limited to pounding, jabbing, throbbing, burning, piercing, and stinging.
Pain is clearly physiological, but it may also have psychological or even cultural elements. What is important is to acknowledge pain and visit with your doctor to work on uncovering the source and alleviating its discomfort. A combination of psychotherapy, relaxation and medication therapies, biofeedback, and behavior modification therapies may be employed to treat chronic pain. Some physicians even use placebos, which in some cases have resulted in the subsiding or elimination of pain.
At AIM, we recommend and offer multiple therapies to enable healing and help the body repair on its own.
Treatment options include:
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