Chronic Pain

Chronic pain, headaches and fibromyalgia.

 


What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is defined as continuous pain and other symptoms that last longer than six months and affect a person’s normal activities and well-being.

Chronic pain afflicts, to some degree, approximately 86 million Americans and costs more than $90 billion annually in direct and indirect (loss of productivity) expenses. The average chronic pain patient suffers for seven years, has had three major surgeries and has incurred medical bills ranging from $50,000 to over $100,000 – all in search of pain relief.

How is chronic pain treated?

Over the years, chronic pain patients have been treated traditionally with pain medications (to mask the pain), chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy or surgery. Today, however, there are many new treatments. These are often combined with traditional methods of pain relief. Today’s patient benefits from a more comprehensive, holistic approach to chronic pain treatment. And, often, dramatically better results.

Yet today’s patients – especially those with the mysterious condition known as fibromyalgia – are too often frustrated in their attempts to find relief. Fibromyalgia is a condition of widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body. It is often accompanied by sleep problems and intense fatigue.

Whether from headaches or fibromyalgia or some other type of chronic pain, patients are too often told that they are imagining their pain, or that “aches and pains” are a normal part of aging, or that they just have to learn to live with it. As you might expect, many give up. Most of those who are treated are simply managed pharmaceutically. Most of these patients have little hope of a truly meaningful, productive, drug-free life.

Chronic pain can destroy lives. Behind every chronic pain patient is a family, friend or colleague who desperately wants them to find relief. Most importantly, the physicians at Crown City Rehabilitation Institute understand the mechanisms of pain and the true costs in terms of human suffering. They have already helped thousands of people to reduce or eliminate their pain and function more fully again.

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