Severe, chronic pain can affect more than your physical well-being. It can be detrimental to your quality of life; affecting your functionally, emotionally, and psychologically. In the field of pain management and treatment, there is a broad spectrum of common and unique pain conditions that are diagnosed every day. Those with debilitating pain often find that their condition is causing a reduced activity level, limiting independence, and resulting in depression, anxiety, and irritability. At the Illinois Regional Pain Institute, we understand the impact pain can have on your life. When treating patients with debilitating pain problems, we know the goal is not just a matter of resolving a nagging discomfort, but of helping patients find the type of relief that restores function and allows them to return to the activities they once enjoyed. A better quality of life awaits you at the Illinois Regional Pain Institute.
What is the Difference between Acute and Chronic Pain?
Acute pain is characterized as pain that results from injury or illness, that is considered less severe, and that is shown to improve over time. In many cases, acute pain can be controlled by prescription or over-the-counter medications. Chronic pain is characterized as pain that persists for years and over time adversely affects a person’s life. In fact, chronic pain that goes unchecked can alter one’s body at the cellular level, causing pain to continue well after tissues have healed. Many interventional pain management procedures are known to provide chronic pain patients with significant relief. The Illinois Regional Pain Institute offers patients an individualized pain management plan that includes the safest and least invasive treatment options made available through the latest advancements proven effective in acute and chronic pain.
When is Pain Too Much to Bear?
Pain is highly subjective. For example, in a case where two patients have the same pain condition, one may still be able to perform daily tasks while the other may be totally debilitated by the condition that it causes them to go on bed rest. Differences can be found not only in the impact pain has on one’s life, but in the experience of pain itself. Some patients describe their pain in terms of sensations like extreme heaviness or itch, while others explain their pain as dull, burning, throbbing, or stabbing. To understand your level of pain and provide an accurate pain diagnosis, the pain specialists at Illinois Regional Pain Institute will evaluate your condition based on a variety of factors, such as duration, intensity, type, source, or location in the body, and even pain threshold and pain tolerance.
Pain is part of your body’s natural defense system. At the onset of pain, a signal is sent from surrounding nerves to the brain, triggering a reaction that encourages one to avoid the potentially harmful situation. In these instances, pain is lifesaving, but severe, chronic pain can be debilitating. Stop living in pain and letting your condition control your life. Contact the Illinois Regional Pain Institute to find relief and enjoy life once again.