Learn About Pain Conditions - Pain Medicine

Patient education is a key part of PainDoctor.com. In the Pain Conditions section, you can search for articles on many pain conditions. These articles cover everything from symptoms, to diagnosis, to treatment options. Links within the article will be able to direct you to other relevant articles on PainDoctor.com.

General Pain Conditions

Chronic pain is pain that has lasted for three months or more. While some chronic pain conditions are more common than others, and can be from a multitude of causes, chronic pain affects more than 40 million people in the United States alone. In addition to the one that actually suffers, chronic pain places a burden on the family members and friends of a sufferer.

 

Back Pain

As the leading cause of physician’s visits and time away from work, back pain affects 7 out of 10 people in the U.S. every year. Causation of back pain varies, but those with chronic back pain often find it debilitating and suffer from limited quality of life.

 

Chest, Abdomen, and Groin Pain

Pain in the chest, abdomen, or groin can be difficult to diagnose and to treat. However, technological advances in medicine have improved the process greatly. Some conditions have been benefited by the use of nerve stimulation, using the technology of the spinal cord stimulator, otherwise known as the “pacemaker for pain.”

 

Head & Neck Pain

Everyone will suffer from a headache at least once in their lives, but for those who suffer from chronic headaches, their functionality and quality of life is severely limited. Many headaches are often the result of neck pain, and so it is critical to find a physician who finds the source of your pain. There are many treatment options available for chronic head and neck pain suffers, from injections, chiropractic care, medication management, to the use of technology known as a “pacemaker for pain.”

 

Lower Extremity Pain

Injuries to the knee are fairly common, especially among athletes. Meniscus tears are extremely common among professional athletes, as they are required to place extreme force and pressure on their knees as they pivot and move. Hip pain can be caused by arthritis, but can also be due to sciatica or other nerve damage in the back.

 

Upper Extremity Pain

One of the most common upper extremity injuries is a torn rotator cuff in the shoulder. Elbow injuries occur among both professional and recreational athletes, and can include tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. Shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers can be affected by rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, and will cause upper extremity pain. Sometimes, pain, numbness, or tingling in the arm may be associated to nerve damage in the back.

 

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