An acute pain is a necessary reaction of the nervous system that assists in making your body alert to a possible injury.
In case of chronic pain, your body consistently sends pain signals to your brain. It can persist even after the healing of an injury. The duration may vary from 12 weeks to years. Chronic pain usually lowers your mobility and cuts down your flexibility, strength as well as endurance. Thus, your daily tasks are inhibited.
Pain can be described as sharp or dull with a burning sensation in the relevant body parts. It might vary from being steady to fluctuating. The intensity and nature of the pain can vary from one body part to another.
Most commonly occurring chronic pains in humans are headache, postsurgical pain, post-trauma pain, lower back pain, cancer related pain, arthritic pain, and neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is pain caused by nerve damage or impingement.
What are the major causes of chronic pain?
Chronic pain is typically generated by an initial injury. The injury in this context might be a back strain or sprained muscle. Chronic pain can develop after disruption of or damage to nerves and their normal function. This kind of nerve inhibition increases the duration and intensity of the pain. In such an advanced stage, treating only the underlying injury may be not sufficient to resolve the chronic pain.
Though rare, people might experience chronic pain without any history of injury. The causes of chronic pain in such cases are often obscure and may require investigation by diagnostic imaging and medical examination to determine.
How PainSense can help you?
PainSense is a chronic pain management centre in Perth and specializes in the field of interventional pain treatment. At PainSense, Dr Mark Hamlin offers advanced interventional pain management treatment services to assist patients in gaining relief and recovery from chronic pain. PainSense ensures tailored care and intervention plans to patient’s individual needs.
In the phase of clinical assessment, the full medical history of the individual patient is obtained before the appointment. The information provided by the patient is crucial as it helps Dr Hamlin to determine the potential causes for the patient’s symptoms. A physical examination pertaining to the musculoskeletal system is performed to determine potential sources of pain.
If necessary, diagnostic imaging may include CT, MRI, X-ray or Ultrasound scan.
Dr Hamlin performs procedures in the outpatient radiology centre in Claremont and Morley – Imaging Central. Interventions are performed on the latest diagnostic imaging equipment ensuring the lowest possible radiation-dose (if applicable) and the most accurate guidance of the injection needle or electrode.