Understanding Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a persistent condition that affects millions, often lasting for months or even years beyond the typical recovery period. At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we specialize in providing long-term solutions and support to individuals in Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area suffering from chronic pain.
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Why Do You Get Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain lasts longer than the usual course of an acute illness or injury, persisting for months or years and can continue even after the injury or illness has healed. It may arise from initial injuries, such as a back sprain, or there may be an ongoing cause such as illness.

However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. Common conditions associated with chronic pain include chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Types and Management of Chronic Pain

The nature of chronic pain can vary—some people experience it as sharp and intermittent, while others endure a dull, constant ache. Managing chronic pain effectively often requires a combination of treatment strategies.

These might include medication management, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, and psychological interventions. A personalized approach is crucial, as it allows treatments to be adjusted to the individual's specific symptoms and lifestyle.

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Common Causes of Chronic Pain

  • Inflammatory Pain: This type results from long-term diseases that cause inflammation, which can continuously damage tissue.
  • Neuropathic Pain: Caused by nerve damage from conditions like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or an injury, this pain is often described as burning or tingling.
  • Mechanical Pain: Often results from physical changes to the body such as joint degradation in osteoarthritis or a chronic back injury.
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Advanced Therapies for Chronic Pain Relief

Nerve Blocks

These involve injecting anesthetic or anti-inflammatory medication into nerves or nerve clusters to block pain signals.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

A device implanted near the spinal cord delivers mild electrical impulses to interfere with pain signals before they reach the brain.

Intrathecal Drug Delivery

A pump delivers medication directly into the spinal fluid, providing pain relief with smaller doses and fewer side effects compared to oral medications.

Radiofrequency Ablation

This procedure uses heat generated by radio waves to target specific nerves and temporarily disrupt their ability to transmit pain signals.

How to Avoid Chronic Pain

Effective prevention of chronic pain involves managing acute pain properly and minimizing risk factors such as injury and strain during physical activity. Comprehensive diagnostic procedures are essential to ensure a correct diagnosis, involving advanced imaging technologies and thorough clinical evaluations.

At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we specialize in diagnosing and treating these complex pain conditions, employing a comprehensive approach to help our patients achieve optimal pain relief and improve their quality of life.

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Chronic Pain Treatment Options At Spine & Pain Institute LA

We at Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles offer a wide range of therapies to address chronic pain:

Specialized Treatments Offered:
  • Epidural injections
  • Nerve root blocks
  • Facet blocks
  • Facet rhizotomy (radiofrequency ablation)
  • Pulsed radiofrequency
  • SuperionⓇ interspinous spacer
  • Ozone therapy
  • Spinal cord stimulator (SCS)
  • Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulator
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion
  • Percutaneous discectomy
  • Trigger point injections
  • Prolotherapy

How to Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic pain management involves a variety of targeted strategies. Medications like NSAIDs and physical therapy are used for persistent pain, while energy conservation and a nutritious diet help combat fatigue. Good sleep hygiene and prescribed sleep aids address sleep disturbances. 

Regular gentle exercises such as walking can improve mobility and alleviate pain. Psychological support through cognitive behavioral therapy and support groups helps manage emotional distress. For stiffness, simple stretching exercises are beneficial. 

These methods collectively aim to enhance the quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain.

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Living with chronic pain can be debilitating, but you don't have to face it alone. If you are in the Pasadena or greater Los Angeles area and are struggling with chronic pain, contact Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles. Our team is dedicated to finding the best treatment approach for you, helping you lead a more comfortable and fulfilling life. Call us today to schedule an appointment and start on the path to recovery.

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