Your health is one of the most truly important things in your life – there is just no doubting this fact. After all, it is your health that will, at least in part, determine your overall quality of life. It is your health that will also determine how long that you live in many cases, and your health that you should be able to rely upon in times that are otherwise very difficult.
Staying on top of your health and any health care that is necessary to you is an absolute must, from the minor problems to the much more major ones. For instance, chronic conditions are far from uncommon – especially for the population of those that have reached their elderly years. And there are many chronic conditions that one can develop over the course of their lives – and many reasons that these chronic conditions come about in the first place as well.
For instance, arthritis is quite prevalent throughout the United States and in many other places throughout this world as well. In fact, more than 50 million people living in the United States alone have been diagnosed with this condition, and many more will likely be diagnosed in the years that are ahead as well. Arthritis is not currently able to be cured, but it can be treated with a variety of medications and therapies that can help to relieve much of the associated pain and even slow or completely stop the progression of the disease. Going to a pain management doctor, one who is well versed in conditions such as arthritis, can be quite hugely beneficial for all who suffer from it.
Arthritis is far from the only chronic pain condition that can be at least in part managed by chronic pain doctors. In addition to arthritis, sciatica is another common pain problem. In fact, it is one that causes pain for up to 40% of all people at some point over the course of their life. This, of course, makes it one of the most common types of chronic pain out there – and certainly something to be managed with the aide of a pain management physician.
Post-stroke pain is also very common. After all, having a stroke is often life changing in a complete and utter way and those who have survived a stroke will find themselves dealing with some level of post-stroke pain. For some stroke survivors, post-stroke pain can even be quite debilitating indeed and therefore post-stroke pain should be taken seriously and dealt with as such. Fortunately, treatments for post-stroke pain are becoming more readily available, from pain medicine to therapies for post-stroke pain in specific as well as some of the more general aspects of rehabilitation that can become necessary in the aftermath of a stroke, which is always a very serious neurological event.
In addition to post-stroke pain and the other types of pain that have been mentioned above, injury can be another cause of chronic pain. After all, the vast majority of all claims for workers comp (around 85% of them, to be more specific) are actually directly related to slip and fall accidents. And while slip and fall accidents can in some cases be minor, this is far from the norm. In far too many cases, a slip and fall accident will lead to a great deal of pain both at the time of the event and for a good deal of time after as well. In some cases, bones can even become broken or joints permanently damaged, leading to a persistent joint pain if the proper medical care is not pursued.
At the end of the day, chronic pain can be wholly unpleasant to live with. In fact, more than 55% of all people who deal with chronic pain have said that it dramatically lowers their overall enjoyment and quality of life. From post-stroke pain to pelvic pain to peripheral neuropathy, there are many types of chronic pain out there. Even migraines can cause a great deal of chronic pain. Fortunately, however, there are many ways in which this chronic pain can be managed well with the proper medical treatment and care.