Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain—How It Can Impact Your Life

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Written by Nancy

When bodily pain extends beyond a few days to weeks, months and even years, it is categorized as chronic pain (CP). The intermittent pain can range from merely bothersome to unbearably painful.

According to CDC surveys, more than 28 percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain, eight percent of whom are living with high-impact chronic pain.

From social, economic and health impacts to a severe detrimental impact on family environment, chronic pain has become one of the leading causes of emergency room visits.

How Chronic Pain Influences Quality of Life?

Individuals with chronic pain have trouble dealing with daily activities. It impacts mobility, productivity and mental health. Let’ stake a look at what it’s like living with chronic pain.

Physical Impact: The correlation between reduced physical function and chronic pain has been studied extensively. Results show that CPdiminishes the individual’s ability to perform basic functions, leading to disability. This is especially true in case of chronic back pain where research showed that only one-third of individuals were able to perform daily life functions.

Physical inactivity stats are even more worrisome in individuals suffering from fibromyalgia, as it affects even the most basic task of getting up and sitting down.

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Emotional impact: Due to the decline in physical activity, CP patients suffer from emotional and psychological problems. Anger, depression and irritability caused by lack of social integration not only affect interpersonal relationships but further add to the stress and psychological problems.

Economical Impact: CP patients not only suffer financially in terms of loss of work but the treatment and medical costs as well. From the loss of a job to time off from work, CP is responsible for low productivity and early retirements.

Risk Factors

Chronic pain is mostly prevalent among women, adults and elders; with those living in poor economic conditions and rural areas being particularly vulnerable.

Socioeconomic conditions are one of the biggest risk factors contributing to high-impact chronic pain and affect working-class individuals with major life limitations—self-care activities, recreational hobbies etc.—the most.

Treatment Options

A common limitation in the treatment of CP patients is their unawareness of the severity of issues affecting their physical and mental health. While individuals with high-impact CP are more aware and actively seek treatment, those suffering from low levels of CP either ignore or consider the pain a normal part of their life.

Whether you’re suffering from high or low-impact chronic pain, it’s important to recognize the symptoms and seek treatment before it’s too late.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the recommended treatments for chronic lower back pain, knee and foot pains and even chronic migraines.

Foot & Ankle Institute of Miami Beach is one of the leading names that offer PRP treatment using cutting edge technology.

Book an appointment by calling (305) 695-7777 and speak with Dr. Allison Guyenregarding PRP treatment for your chronic pain.

For more information, get in touch here.

About the author

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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