Chronic pain has different definitions, depending on who you ask. Some say it is pain that lasts more than 3 months and some say it’s pain that lasts more than 12 months. A definition that does not put a timeline on chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than the expected healing time. Either way, if you have long-lasting pain, you know that it can be unbearable.
Chronic orthopaedic pain can come from many sources, including tendonitis, arthritis, back pain, neck pain, complex regional pain, osteoporosis and even unknown sources. Whether you know what’s causing your pain or not, it can be extremely frustrating to find relief.
Home treatment for chronic pain can include exercise and getting enough sleep. Therapies like massage and yoga might also decrease chronic pain. Over the counter pain medicines, like aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, might also help.
At POA, we often use a combination of treatments for chronic pain, depending on your specific circumstances. Factors we take into account when coming up with the right treatment plan include how long your pain is lasting, how severe your pain is, where your pain is and what is causing your pain.
If you have chronic pain and are having trouble finding relief, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our team. No one should have to live with chronic pain.