Chronic Pain FAQs

Are there different kinds of pain?

Yes, there are several types of pain:

  • Acute Pain – pain that will go away after the cause of the pain or shortly after the injury heals. It usually lasts less than 3 months.
  • Subacute Pain – pain that can last for 3 to 6 months.
  • Chronic Pain – Pain that goes on for more than 6 months. Chronic pain can be troubling and can cause stress, anxiety, depressed mood, and sadness.
  • Nociceptive Pain – this pain occurs when you injure your body’s tissue. An example of this pain is when you twist your ankle.Inflammatory Pain – this pain comes after you injure yourself. This pain starts as your body begins to heal.

What treatment choices do I have for my pain?

To manage your pain, you should treat the condition causing it. Medication is a common treatment for pain. However, medications alone may not lessen or completely cure your pain. The best results may come from combining different types of treatments.

Treatment options include:

  • Medications
  • Therapeutic InjectionsKetamine infusion therapy

What causes Osteoarthritis (OA)?

Osteoarthritis is the breakdown or wearing out of the body’s joint lining. Although the root cause of OA is unknown, but multiple factors can influence increase your risk of developing it, including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family history
  • A previous injury
  • Repetitive strain on your joints
  • Improper joint alignment
  • Being overweight
  • Exercise or sports-generated stress placed on the joint

How is OA diagnosed?

Your doctor will first review your medical history and symptoms. Symptoms of pain, along with diagnostic imaging (X-rays, MRI, etc).

How is OA treated?

Treatment options may include:

  • Steroid injections
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injection
  • Prescription medication or topical pain-relieving creams

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