Many of our patients come to us as a result of chronic pain issues which have contributed and often been at the heart of their drug dependence. We are mindful of this connection, and address it in a number of ways. First and foremost we are committed to maintaining adequate pain management in ways that are sustainable over the long term. We also recognize that allowing the patient an active way of life in their work and family relationships is critically important. We are skilled at seeing to it that patients find success in both areas.
What is acute pain?
Acute pain can last a moment; rarely does it become chronic pain. Chronic pain persists for long periods. It is resistant to most medical treatments and can cause severe problems.
What are the symptoms of chronic pain?
The symptoms of chronic pain include:
- Mild to severe pain that does not go away
- Pain that may be described as shooting, burning, aching or electrical
- Feeling of discomfort, soreness, tightness or stiffness
Pain is not a symptom that exists alone. Other problems associated with pain include:
- Withdrawal from activity and increased need to rest
- Weakened immune system
- Changes in mood including hopelessness, fear, depression, irritability, anxiety, and stress