If your pain is chronic or incurable, having the tools to manage your discomfort can make a significant difference to how fulfilling a life you lead. If you have chronic pain, Joseph Hadi, MD, of California Pain Institute, in Encino, California, is an expert in providing pain management services for his patients. Dr. Hadi is a double board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine who offers a range of effective treatments and alternative approaches to pain management. Call California Pain Institute today to find out more or book an appointment online.
Pain management is an approach to patient care for people who have chronic, often incurable pain conditions.
Dr. Hadi can help if you have a chronic pain condition by creating a comprehensive pain management plan. Your plan is personalized to your needs, using the most effective therapies and holistic approaches to managing chronic pain.
Chronic pain is a widespread problem. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that in the region of 50 million people in the United States have chronic pain of some kind. Of those, 20 million have severe, disabling chronic pain.
While taking pain-relieving medication does have a role to play in managing pain, it isn’t the best solution for long-term pain management. Painkillers hide the pain but don’t do anything to resolve it. You might also find you need to take increasingly higher doses as your body gets used to the drug.
Furthermore, potent drugs like opioids can cause addiction, which is a serious problem across the country. Using alternative approaches not only can reduce your pain but improve your health and prevent addiction and other side effects as well.
Some of the most common causes of chronic pain are degenerative conditions. This includes musculoskeletal problems such as:
Injuries to the soft tissues can also cause chronic pain if they’re not treated properly when they occur.
Other conditions whose main symptom is chronic pain include fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Diabetes, shingles, and other diseases can lead to chronic pain, often due to nerve problems.
Nerve damage or faulty nerves, known as neuralgia and neuropathy, can also cause chronic pain. For example, your nerves might be sending pain signals back to your brain when the tissues the nerves are serving aren’t damaged.
Sometimes chronic pain is idiopathic, which means the cause isn’t clear.
Finding the cause of your chronic pain, where possible, can help with the development of your pain management plan.
Most people who have chronic pain benefit from a holistic approach to pain management. That means using a wide variety of treatments that look at every possible method of decreasing pain and improving function.
These therapies could include:
In addition to these therapies, Dr. Hadi understands the importance of looking after your mental health. Chronic pain often coexists with depression, so talking therapies or counseling could be beneficial. Understanding your pain and learning how to live with it can also help a great deal.
To find out more about pain management, call California Pain Institute today or book an appointment online.