your pain deserves a multidimensional approach

Chronic pain is a life-altering condition that can prove challenging for medical professionals to treat. There is rarely an easy answer, and treatments often fail.

 

The complexity of treating chronic pain lies in the fact that it is so much different than acute pain. When you break your arm or sprain your ankle, usually within a few weeks, you are as good as new. The body heals the damaged tissue, and life returns to normal.


Pain persists when our bodies don’t heal as they should or when degenerative conditions such as arthritis occur.  Now, as the pain remains, you are put in the difficult position of not having the answers that you’re looking for and not having the treatment that you need.

 

Unlike acute pain, chronic pain is a complex condition that involves more than just a physical injury.  It may be difficult to understand right now, but we know that many different factors influence the way that we experience chronic pain. Our beliefs and perceptions about our pain, our emotions, social background, and how we respond to stress all play a pivotal role. Our activity level and lifestyle habits are also involved. All of these variables and more become wrapped up in the complex experience we call chronic pain.

 

Because of the complexity of chronic pain, you can manage it more successfully by taking a broader approach to your treatment.  Although medications and other procedures are a valuable part of your treatment, they are only a part of your therapy. Our program can open you up to other effective management options that can make a significant difference in your pain.

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