Did you know that about 20% of American adults experience some type of chronic pain? Without prompt diagnosis and treatment, chronic pain can interfere with all aspects of your life, making it difficult to stay productive and mobile. At Pinnacle Pain Management Specialists, which has four locations throughout Chicagoland, including one in Hinsdale, Illinois, pain management expert Neeraj Jain, MD, uses his years of medical training to pinpoint the source of his patients’ chronic pain. After determining the underlying cause, he develops custom care plans to limit discomfort and improve your quality of life. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.
Chronic pain is a blanket term that describes any type of inflammation or general discomfort that lasts for 12 weeks or longer. Almost everyone experiences minor aches and pains from time-to-time, but chronic pain is long-lasting and, in many cases, debilitating.
When left untreated, chronic pain can spread to other parts of your body. It can also reduce your flexibility, strength, and endurance. As chronic pain progresses, it might also affect mental health, causing bouts of anxiety or depression.
Chronic pain occurs for a wide range of reasons. At Pinnacle Pain Management Specialists, Dr. Jain regularly diagnosis and treats chronic pain caused by:
Dr. Jain also treats chronic pain caused by chronic conditions, including arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Chronic pain affects people of all ages, races, and genders. But certain factors may increase your risk, including living a physically active lifestyle, being overweight, or suffering a serious injury.
Many times, chronic pain develops suddenly following an impact––such as a car accident or fall. Injuries like these don’t just sprain or strain your muscles and ligaments; they also cause nerve damage. It’s this underlying damage that causes pain to persist, even after the damage to your soft or hard tissue heals.
To diagnose chronic pain, Dr. Jain conducts a thorough physical exam, asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing, and reviews your medical history. Next, he gently presses on the affected area (or areas) to pinpoint swelling or bruising and asks you to perform range-of-motion exercises.
If these measures don’t provide enough information, Dr. Jain might order X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at your bones, joints, and soft tissues.
The process for treating chronic pain depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause.
At Pinnacle Pain Management Specialists, Dr. Jain always develops custom care plans. These might include:
You might also benefit from a combination of several treatments.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain that doesn’t respond to rest or over-the-counter painkillers, don’t wait to seek medical help. To schedule your appointment at Pinnacle Pain Management Specialists call the office or book online today.