Chronic Pain Explained
While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain is persistent, meaning that pain signals continually fire in the nervous system for weeks, months and sometimes even years. Many chronic pain conditions are caused from an initial mishap such as a sprained back, serious infection, arthritis, cancer and/or ear infections, however some people suffer with chronic pain in the absence of injury or past damage and this can be the hardest type to diagnose.
The most common form of chronic pain which people tend to struggle with is pain in the upper or lower back region which may be caused by a single factor or a combination of any of the following:
- Traumatic Injury
- Poor Posture
- Ageing of the Spine
- Congenital Spinal Conditions
- Lifting or carrying heavy objects
Diagnosing Chronic Pain
There is no way to objectively measure pain. Only the person with chronic pain can provide a description of how much pain he or she is feeling. The doctor will ask where the pain is located, how long it has been going on, and whether it is sharp or dull, constant, or occurs off and on.
It is always recommended to speak with your doctor or a health care professional if you are experiencing symptoms of chronic. From there, both the patient and the health care professional can work together to identify the causes and symptoms and plan an adequate treatment.
How is Chronic Pain Treated?
Chronic Pain is a complex condition that affects approximately two fifths of the UK population and therefore treatment for each individual will differ. Under the general category of medications, there are both oral and topical therapies for the treatment of chronic pain. Oral medications include those that can be taken by mouth, such as anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids. Topical therapies include a range of ointment medications that can be applied directly to the skin to help numb the pain.
Medications, acupuncture, local electrical stimulation, and brain stimulation, as well as surgery, are some of the more invasive treatments offered for the treatment of chronic pain. Psychotherapy, relaxation and other holistic therapies may also be employed to treat chronic pain.
In more recent days, the use of Neuromodulation Spinal Cord Stimulation treatment has become a common form of practice for chronic pain within both the NHS and Private Healthcare Sector. Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy is an innovative chronic-pain solution which sends electrical stimulation along the spinal column, which then blocks the nerve activity to the brain to minimise the sensation of pain.
Chronic Pain Products
We currently supply 3 key products which are at the peak of technological advancements in medical science, allowing hospitals and surgeons to offer chronic pain relief treatments to patients across the UK.
Flowonix Prometra II Pump
Automatically delivers pain medication ‘Infumorph’ directly into the spinal cord, effectively reducing pain sensations at the source.
Diros Owl RF System
Simultaneously controls up to four radio frequency probes positioned in painful areas of the body to emit electric currents reducing pain.
Neurimpulse Peripheral Nerve Stimulation System
Implanted pulse generator transmits power from the stimulator to vary the intensity of pain sensations with patient remote control.
Chronic Pain Relief Demonstration
We work with numerous hospitals across the UK, both in the NHS and Private Healthcare sectors. If you would like more information about any of our pain relief products then please contact us and a member of our team will be glad to assist.