Pain Edu: Chronic Pain
What is chronic pain?
Anyone experiencing pain for more than 12 weeks is in chronic pain. As opposed to acute pain, which wanes as you heal, chronic pain persists for months or even years. This type of pain significantly reduces your quality of life as well as those close to you. Chronic pain can take a heavy toll physically, emotionally, and socially. It’s hard to be at your best or enjoy things when you’re suffering.
Main types of chronic pain
What can you do if you suffer chronic pain?
The solution to your chronic pain depends on the source of your pain and type of injury you may have sustained. The first step is to consult with your doctor and discuss their recommendations for treating the pain in your back. Your doctor may recommend restrictions on specific activities, medication and/or physical therapy. You can try the following steps now to help alleviate your pain.
Stretching and Exercise
Hot and Cold packs
Exercises for chronic pain
The following are some stretches and exercises that you can try to help decrease your chronic pain. Please consult your physician before trying these, and stop if you experience any increase in pain or discomfort. In addition there are several daily activities that may help such as walking, deep breathing, and yoga.