While everyone suffers from the occasional acute pain, millions more Americans suffer from pain lasting several months or longer. Chronic pain is a complex issue that despite increasing research on the subject remains relatively cloudy on the exact causes and treatments. However, there are several potential causes that stand out as common reasons for these pains, and understanding the cause can help with comprehensive pain management.
Arthritis is a condition that causes painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are both common causes of pain that is chronic.
Bad posture can cause constant pain, especially in the neck, shoulders and back. Bad posture changes weight distribution and alignment, placing unnecessary stress on the more vulnerable discs and joints of the body.
Repetitive motions or holding certain positions for longer periods of time can compress or pinch nerves in the body. The brain responds to this compression with pain signals, which result in persistent pain, sometimes even in areas away from the affected nerve.
Chronic pain often develops with abnormalities of the discs of your spine. Persistent pain is common with conditions such as herniated discs as well as degenerative disc disease.
Damage to the skin tissue can cause severe damage to the nerves, causing issues that persist even after the skin tissue has healed. Known as neuropathy, the damage nerves send incorrect pain signals resulting in persistent pain.
Stress activates the body’s fight or flight response, which tenses the muscles in preparation for injury or to run. Chronic stress and the related muscle tension results in chronic muscle pain, especially in the neck and shoulders.
Headaches are a common source of persistent pain, especially for those that suffer from migraines or tension headaches.
Fibromyalgia is a disease that causes the brain to amplify pain sensations, resulting in chronic widespread pain, especially in the joints, tendons and muscles.
Shingles is a viral infection that causes a severe and painful rash. The rash often causes nerve damage, sometimes resulting in lifelong pain, even after the rash has healed.
Kyphosis is an unnatural curve of the spine. The curve creates a slight hump in the back, and in severe cases causes persistent pain in the lower back and neck.
For those suffering from chronic pain in Southern California, there are options. 911 BioCare Centers can help diagnose potential causes of your pain symptoms, and provide a direction for future treatment and a more pain-free life.