Chronic Pain Management: The Painful Truth
Managing Chronic Pain As A Disease
Chronic pain is considered one of the most underestimated health issues in the world today. Globally according to the International Association for the Study of Pain, estimates suggest that 1 in 5 adults suffer from pain and that another 1 in 10 adults are diagnosed with chronic pain each year, with incidence rate increasing in complementary to age.
Despite the ubiquity of pain, it is not distributed equally across the world, affecting all populations, regardless of age, sex, income, race or geography. Pain does not discriminate. There are however 3 categories of pain. Pain sufferers can experience acute, chronic, or intermittent pain, or a combination of the three, causing major consequences on the quality of life. The four largest causes of pain are cancer, osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, injuries, and spinal problems, making it a complicated and transdisciplinary concern.
What happens when the pain does not go away?
Contrary to common believe, all pain is real. This may seem obvious, but people with chronic pain are sometimes treated as if their chronic pain is either imaginary or exaggerated. Only those that suffer from it would understand how damaging it can be to one’s life —making it hard to enjoy even the simplest daily activities and can affect the mental health as well.
The ultimate goal of pain management is to improve function and mobility, allowing individuals to go on with their daily lives. Today, the most common treatments for pain include pain killers, acupuncture, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, migraine headache medicines, chiropractic, cognitive and behavioral therapy, counseling, exercise, hypnosis, physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Can Cell Therapy Alleviate Pain?
The application of Cell Therapy in the emerging field of regenerative medicine holds tremendous potential for helping chronic pain patients reduce and manage their pain. Clinical advances are giving hope and many remains optimistic that this therapy could change lives.
The principle of Cell Therapy is to help reduce the inflammation that results in chronic pain, or it could help to heal regenerative conditions that lead to pain, such as Arthritis, Diabetes, Nerve Damage, Parkinson’s disease, and more. Despite its controversy, Cell Therapy provides a new area of alternative treatment for patients who have exhausted all other options and also those who want to avoid invasive surgeries. So far, the results from people who have undergone this therapy have been very positive, and a significant number of patients experienced pain relief and improved quality of life.
What is Chronic Pain?
Just about everyone feel pain from time to time. It is just our body trying to tell us something is wrong and need our immediate attention. Pain is a sensory and emotional experience. However, while acute pain is the unpleasant sensation triggered in the nervous system resulting from injury or health condition, chronic pain persist and is resistant to most medical treatments.
Despite the toll chronic pain takes —it has not always been well understood. Medical practitioners used to believe that pain was always a symptom of an underlying injury or disease and not an actual disease itself. However, The medical community is starting to understand that if pain is no longer a function of a healthy nervous system, the chronic pain itself becomes an issue. Many believed that by treating the cause of the pain, the chronic pain should recede once the injury or disease was cured.
Common Pain Syndromes
Chronic pain occurs when the pain signals continue to fire even after the cause of it has been resolved, lasting for weeks, months, even years. There are hundreds of types of pain more prone to affect older adults. Common pain syndromes include arthritis, back pain, central pain syndrome, cancer pain, headaches, head and facial pain, muscle pain, myofascial pain syndromes, neuropathic pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), sciatica, shingles and other painful disorders of the skin, sports injuries, spinal stenosis, surgical pain, temporomandibular disorders, trauma, and vascular disease or injury.
Sources:  International Association for the Study of Pain