Have you suffered unbearable, persistent pain for months, or even years? Are you unable to work or go about your daily life due to chronic pain? Contact us today at 1-800-824-5416 and we’ll help you investigate, litigate, and negotiate claims of chronic pain. We aim to secure maximum compensation for our clients in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.
What is Chronic Pain?
In medical terms, pain is typically described as acute or chronic. Acute pain is short lived, typically lasting no more than 30-60 days at most. It’s often related to some type of injury, such as a burn or broken bone. Chronic pain, however, lasts much longer. While specific definitions vary, any pain lasting longer than 6 months is generally considered to be chronic. Chronic pain can range in intensity from mild to severe, and may be episodic or continuous. It may even impact your ability to work and lead a normal lifestyle.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain can be originally triggered by almost any injury or condition, or in some cases not have any clear original cause at all. Its persistence is often times difficult to explain. In any case, the source of the pain will originate in one of three places.
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- The body – Burns, broken bones, amputations, or any other physical injury throughout the body may eventually develop into a case of chronic pain. In these situations, the nerves affected by the injury are continually sending pain signals to the brain.
- The brain – Sometimes there may not be an originating injury, or even if there was, the nerves are operating normally, but the perception of pain is purely psychological.
- The spinal cord – Injuries or conditions that have effected the spinal cord sometimes have the effect of sending signals to the brain that give the illusion of pain somewhere in the body, despite not having any legitimate medical malady in that area.
How is Chronic Pain Treated?
The pain will be treated based on the details of its cause and origin. As the cause of chronic pain may be either medical or psychological, different treatments will be needed. In either case, pain is purely subjective, with no means of accurately measuring it. It is up to the patient to accurately describe the intensity, frequency, and sensation of the pain. Based on these factors, and a process of trial an error, a doctor, or even a pain management team, may prescribe pain pills, physical therapy, or one of several forms of psychological treatments. Both cognitive behavioral therapy, and acceptance and acceptance and commitment therapy have shown positive results in patients with chronic pain that is neuropathic in nature.
Complications Related to Chronic Pain
Patients experiencing chronic pain often have other issues caused by, or related to it. Higher than average rates of depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders are found in people suffering from chronic pain. It’s important to note that some of these situations are correlated, and it can be difficult to determine which disorder is the primary cause, and which is the side affect. Because of the fear of trigger or worsening the pain, many sufferers will shy away from physical activity, leading to weight gain. For these reasons, social support is sometime just as important as medical treatment.
Chronic Pain Attorney
If you or a loved one chronic pain that effects you personally and professionally, and would like to discuss your legal options with an experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, contact us today for a free consultation.