Why is Chronic Pain so common, yet so difficult to treat?

A recent study by the National Institutes of Health in America revealed that one in three individuals in the U.S. have suffered from some form of pain in the last three months. Of this group, it is estimated an upwards of 50 million people suffer from chronic pain. To put the data into perspective, this is comparable to the number suffering from diabetes, heart disease or cancer. So why does it seem that such a common problem so hard to treat? While healthcare has evolved for these other diseases, it may seem that not much has changed in the pain therapy field. For many years, the common treatment of chronic pain has been non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids. 

As it stands now, due to new guidelines, physicians are cautioned to first weigh the potential harm that may come from opioid use before recommending the use of the medication to patients. Sometimes, the problem is misdiagnosed. It is also essential to put the pain in the context of the person's life. This is why an accurate history is important to determine what the cause of your pain is and how best to treat you and your pain. If you are suffering, booking a double appointment helps us to assist you.

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