Chronic Pain Today
Pain: A major health problem… with serious implications that can devastate lives
Unresolved chronic pain is a serious problem with significant consequences. As a result, many people suffer reduced quality of life, decreased mobility, withdrawal from social life, anxiety and — for nearly a third of chronic pain sufferers — depression. In spite of this, undertreatment and lack of treatment are still prevalent in many parts of the world.
The causes of spine pain (neck and back) are nearly as numerous as terms used to describe the symptoms. Spine pain is a major reason people seek medical attention. Considering that almost 85% of the adult population will encounter some form of neck or back pain, it could be said that spine pain is a universal epidemic. Spine pain recognizes no age, economic, or ethnic barriers.
Better understanding and better treatments options than ever before
The good news is that today, modern medicine has a much greater understanding of pain — and of the need for specialized care — than previously. Pain physicians today are trained in the complex physical and psychological aspects of chronic pain and in new, effective treatments. In particular, certain non-surgical pain interventions utilized by pain physicians have been described to be the “missing link” between conservative care and surgical options. As a matter of fact, there are many more options for resolving pain, even for people who think — or have been told — that “nothing else can be done.”