Chronic pain

Chronic pain can occur when no obvious cause can be found, and is thought to be due to changes in the nervous system. It can affect any part of the body and people of any age including children.

Common chronic pain complaints include low back pain, neck pain, joint pains, headaches, neuropathic pain(pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself), pain persisting after surgery and fibromyalgia.

More than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain and that approximately 3 – 4.5% of the global population suffers from neuropathic pain, with incidence increasing with age. The negative impact that chronic pain has upon individual people and families is enormous and alarming.

At Pain Spa we use our experience in helping you manage these conditions better. Treating your underlying condition is, of course, vitally important. But often that may not be possible or does not resolve chronic pain. At Pain Spa we take a holistic approach, one that not only addresses the physical aspect of pain, but also the psychological aspects.

Pathophysiology of chronic pain

At a fundamental level, chronic pain is a matter of biology: Errant nerve impulses keep alerting the brain about tissue damage that no longer exists. At the same time complex social and psychological factors are also at play and seem to determine who fares well despite severe chronic pain and whose lives quickly unravel.

Negative emotions, including sadness and anxiety, seem to aggravate chronic pain. For example, people who dwell on their discomfort tend to be more disabled by chronic pain than people who try to lead normal lives inspite of pain. Among people with chronic pain stemming from work-related injury, those who report poor job satisfaction fare worse than those who enjoy their work.

Negative emotions can be a result of chronic pain as well as a cause. Pain makes you feel low, especially if you have been an active person through out your life. Depression is common in chronic pain but to say ‘pain is all in the head’ is fundamental lack of understanding of the process of chronic pain.

Conditions treated

Back Pain

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Chronic Abdominal Wall Pain

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Chronic Facial Pain

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/ ME

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Chronic Migraine

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Chronic Pelvic Pain

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

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Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain (DPNP)

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Dorsal Scapular Nerve Entrapment Syndrome

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Failed Back Surgery

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Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive capsulitis)

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Genitofemoral Neuralgia

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Golfer’s Elbow

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Ilioinguinal Neuralgia

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

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Intercostal Neuralgia

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Intractable Hiccups

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Ischial Bursitis

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Knee Pain

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Migraine Headaches

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Morton’s Neuroma

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Myofascial Pain

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Neck Pain

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Neuropathic Pain

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Occipital Neuralgia

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Opioid Dependence

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Osteoarthritis

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Phantom Limb Pain

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Piriformis Syndrome

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Plantar Fasciitis

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Post Herpetic Neuralgia

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Post Mastectomy Pain Syndrome

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Post Surgical Pain

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Pudendal Neuralgia

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SacroIliac Joint Pain

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Sciatica

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Shoulder Pain

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Spinal Stenosis

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Supraorbital Neuralgia

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Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs) or TMJ Dysfunction

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Tennis Elbow

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Thoracic Back Pain

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Trochanteric Bursitis

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Whiplash Injury

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