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Dealing with Chronic Pain

miVIP Pain Management Specialists Can Help

Chronic pain refers to any type of pain—no matter how mild or severe—that persists for 6 months or longer. It is a serious condition that requires medical attention. Yet, countless Americans don’t think there is anything that can be done to ease their pain. Others are so desperate to find relief that they will try virtually anything—from ancient herbal remedies to surgical procedures.

There are safer and more effective ways to deal with chronic pain. The pain management specialists at miVIP can help. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of care with the lowest level of risks.

Chronic Pain is More Common than You Might Think

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that chronic pain is the leading cause of long-term disability. It affects more Americans than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. There are millions of people living with pain so debilitating that it prevents them from doing everyday tasks and enjoying life. While this is sad in and of itself, the most tragic part is that many of these people are suffering needlessly. There are a number of minimally invasive pain management procedures that can eliminate chronic pain symptoms and enhance their quality of life.

Causes of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is often a direct result of a traumatic injury, an illness or a degenerative disease. Many cases of chronic pain can be linked to medical conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Nerve damage
  • Herniated discs
  • Shingles
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines

Sometimes, however, the source of the pain is unknown. Not knowing what underlying condition causes chronic pain can be extremely frustrating for those are suffering.

Diagnosing Chronic Pain

In order for pain management specialists to accurately diagnose and treat chronic pain, it is important to communicate all of your chronic pain symptoms. These can include both physical and psychological symptoms, including:

  • Moderate discomfort
  • Sharp pains
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stiffness in joints
  • Soreness in muscles

Treatment Options for Chronic Pain

Even before a diagnosis is made, many people automatically turn to over-the-counter pain killers in an effort to self-manage their chronic pain symptoms. When this doesn’t work, they might try prescription pain killers. Both of these are short-term solutions that can ultimately lead to an unhealthy dependency on medications. Surgery is another option, but it comes with a number of risks, including the possibility of more pain. Fortunately, there are a number of minimally invasive solutions to eliminate chronic pain.

  • Epidural injection: A nerve-blocking steroid medication is injected into the spinal canal to relieve back and neck pain. Pain relief typically lasts for several weeks.
  • Radiofrequency ablation: Radiofrequency electric currents are used to heat damaged nerves using state-of-the art tools and imaging techniques. Pain relief from this procedure ranges from several months to several years.

Start the Recovery Process Today

Chronic pain can wear a person down both physically and emotionally over time. Ultimately, this can cause a long-term disability that negatively impacts your life as well as the lives of those around you. You don’t have to live with chronic pain symptoms any longer, however. Contact the miVIP Las Vegas pain management specialists at 877-956-2263 to discuss your treatment options and get on the road to recovery.

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