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What is Chronic Pain?

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What is Chronic Pain?

Understanding Chronic Pain

While everyone experiences minor aches and pains every now and then, it's important to know when that pain can become a cause for concern. The health experts at Northern Inyo Hospital are here to outline what signs and symptoms may mean that your symptoms need to be addressed by an orthopedic specialist.

When Does Persistent Pain Become Chronic?

Pain is an unpleasant sensation that you experience when there is something wrong with your body. Your body’s nervous system sends these signals when trauma or other damage is affecting certain parts of your body.

There are two types of pain:

  • Acute pain: Comes on suddenly as a result of injury, illness, or inflammation and typically goes away on its own.
  • Chronic pain: Happens when pain lasts for more than several months.

Common Causes of Chronic Pain

Although there is a wide variety of health conditions that can cause chronic pain, some of the most common causes include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Advanced stages of cancer

Signs & Symptoms of Chronic Pain

While pain can vary in severity, the most common symptoms of chronic pain include:

  • Joint pain
  • Loss of mobility and range of motion
  • Burning pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle atrophy from lack of activity
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Behavioral health issues like anxiety and depression

If you believe that you’re suffering from chronic pain, reach out to your orthopedic care team to discuss possible treatment options.

Orthopedic Care & Rehabilitation Services in Bishop, CA

At Northern Inyo Healthcare District, our team of orthopedists and rehabilitation specialists take a holistic approach to care, focusing on you as a whole person rather than specific symptoms or conditions. Whether you’re suffering from aches and pains or mobility issues, we’re here to help improve your quality of life.

For more information about the orthopedic care and rehabilitation services at Northern Inyo Healthcare District or to schedule an appointment, call (760) 873-2605.