Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists for six months or more. Chronic pain often persists after an injury does not heal properly or even after an injury heals completely. There are many causes of chronic pain including orthopedic injury, nerve damage, muscle dysfunction and poor circulation.
Sometimes there are surgical interventions that can eliminate or greatly reduce your pain, but in many cases surgery may not be helpful or may be too risky. This is when pain management becomes the treatment of choice. Although there may not be a cure, pain management can help reduce pain and increase daily functioning and overall quality or life. Chronic pain management works best when a team of clinicians works together with the primary care physician or a specialized pain physician.