Chronic Pain Disability

If you have a chronic pain disability, no one needs to tell you how bad it can be! Chronic pain can lead to limitations that are physical, emotional, psychological and can also lead to instability in life! And, it can be difficult to “judge” whether chronic pain is actually a disability or not. That topic is beyond the scope of this blog but let’s take a look at how chronic pain disability can arise.

Chronic Pain Disability is a Multi Sided Experience

There are many factors that determine chronic pain disability. Social scientists suggest these nonclinical factors: age, education and job status. But, what about factors like physical injury, the emotional impact and psychological influence? These can be dominant components that make chronic pain worse – sometimes much worse! For the sake of discussion, we’re going to focus on the physical consequences.

The roots of chronic pain are both physical and mental. Some experts think that people with this condition have a problem with their system of nerves and glands that the body uses to handle stress. That makes those people feel pain differently. Other experts say chronic pain is a learned response. People with chronic pain may start to repeat certain behaviors even after the pain is gone or has lessened.

Chronic pain disability can affect people of all ages and both genders, but it’s most common in women. People with major depression and other mental health conditions are more likely to have chronic pain.

Chronic Physical Pain

The World Health Organization says that low back pain (LBP) has the highest prevalence globally among musculoskeletal conditions and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It is the condition where the greatest number of people may benefit from rehabilitation.

Chronic physical pain usually starts with an injury, or from an intense repetitive stress injury over a long period of time, or a painful medical condition like arthritis. But here are several other conditions that can cause chronic pain: broken bones, back pain, unknown long-term headaches, nerve damage or muscle strain/sprain.

Other conditions that can cause chronic physical pain: Lyme disease, fibromyalgia carpal tunnel, irritable bowel syndrome, surgery, ulcers, endometriosis or cancer. These cases are not as common as low back pain but are possible, So, if you have 1 of these, discuss the condition with your healthcare practitioner!

The good news is that there are treatments for chronic pain! The 1st line of defense is to be evaluated by a knowledgeable practitioner who has experience with chronic pain disability. You can learn about what I do on my website, text/call me or email: tompettengill.com 831.818.6916 tpett.ortho.massage@gmail.com

What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Pain Disability?

Since low back pain is THE most common symptom of chronic pain, how does it feel? It can feel like a sharp burn or a dull achy discomfort. The pain can radiate from 1 location to another especially if the cause is sciatica or piriformis syndrome [link to sciatica blog]. Chronic pain can restrict a person’s movement, which can affect their work, school and community engagement.

Chronic pain can also cause problems with sleep, create personal distress or an inclination toward a negative outlook on life. All these experiences affect well-being and the quality of life and often lead to loss of work and even retirement wealth, particularly in those who experience chronic symptoms.

What You can Do for Yourself

Self-care is an important part of how you can deal with chronic pain! If you want to return to a better kind of life with less pain, the best way is to be an active participant!
There are several ways to reduce symptoms and help prevent further episodes of non-specific chronic pain:

• being physically active
• optimizing mental well-being
• maintaining a healthy body weight
• stop smoking tobacco
• getting good sleep
• engaging in social and work activities
• making ergonomic adjustments in the workplace.

Again, you have to be engaged in the rehabilitation process. That means to find strategies that work for your condition and be disciplined to practice those regularly! This is the best way! Education and support can help people with chronic pain disability to develop a game plan to self-manage and cope with the symptoms. This helps to reduce the impact of the condition and improve well-being.

Treatment

Treatment of chronic pain is complicated and obviously depends on your specific condition. Besides you yourself being involved in recovery, talk with your primary healthcare provider for a treatment plan or get a referral to another provider. If your provider suggests therapeutic bodywork, I’d be glad to give you a full assessment and then work with you. tpett.ortho.massage@gmail.com.

Chronic pain is a VERY complicated condition that involves a long-term approach to reduce symptoms! Research top-notch health professionals who you feel comfortable working with but also know you are in for the long haul. You can succeed in reducing your pain but it has to take diligent work on your part. Get in touch with me if you think therapeutic bodywork will assist your journey! tpett.ortho.massage@gmail.com Visit my website to learn more about my services.tompettengill.com 831-818-6916

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