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Current Concepts in Managing Chronic Ankle Pain

Current Concepts in Managing Chronic Ankle Pain

(ĐTĐ) – Most ankle injuries improve quickly, but others become long-term problems. Knowing how to accurately and efficiently make the diagnosis and manage such injuries is an important part of any primary care or orthopaedic practice.   Ankle injuries rank among the most common musculoskeletal complaints, often sending patients to an emergency department or primary care physician’s office. Although the most common ankle injuries are sprains that often improve within weeks to months, a subgroup of injuries go on to…

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Pain: Chronic and Acute

Pain: Chronic and Acute

(ĐTĐ) – Pain is purely subjective, difficult to define, and often hard to characterize or interpret. It is currently defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional response to a stimulus associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage (3–5). However, pain has never been shown to be a simple function of the amount of physical injury; it is extensively influenced by anxiety, depression, expectation, and other psychological and physiological variables. It is a multifaceted…

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Stress Relaxation and Natural Pain Relief

Stress Relaxation and Natural Pain Relief

Chronic pain is complex. Research over the past 25 years has shown that pain is influenced by emotional and social factors. These need to be addressed along with the physical causes of pain. Chronic stress is one factor that contributes to chronic pain. The good news is that you can get natural pain relief by making relaxation exercises a part of your pain-management plan. The Body’s Response to Stress To understand how natural pain relief works, it’s important to understand…

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Chronic Pain Relief: New Treatments

Chronic Pain Relief: New Treatments

(ĐTĐ) – New advances in drugs and technology mean there are now better solutions for chronic pain relief.   If you’re living with chronic pain, here’s important news. Today’s pain specialists have sophisticated new treatments — from effective drugs to implants and electrical stimulation — to provide chronic pain relief. There’s much that can be done to tame the beast. These advances have emerged in the past several years, as researchers have gained a greater understanding of chronic pain and…

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Chronic Pain Treatment Choices

Chronic Pain Treatment Choices

Medications Medicines can often help control chronic pain. Many different drugs, both prescription and nonprescription, are used to treat chronic pain. All these medicines can cause side effects and should be taken exactly as they are prescribed. In some cases, it may take several weeks before medicines work to reduce pain. To avoid dangerous drug interactions, tell your doctor all the medicines you are taking (including herbal and other complementary medicines). Medication Choices You will likely be given medicines that…

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Chronic Pain Treatment Overview

Chronic Pain Treatment Overview

(ĐTĐ) – Treating chronic pain can be challenging. Often the reason for the pain is not clear, and it may take several types or combinations of treatments before you find relief.   When treatment is started, some people may have increased pain because their chronic pain has caused them to be inactive and they have lost strength and flexibility. But over time treatment should reduce the pain and increase your ability to function. You may learn new ways of doing…

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Chronic Pain: Cause, Symptoms, Exams and Tests

Chronic Pain: Cause, Symptoms, Exams and Tests

Cause The cause of chronic pain is not clear. When you have an injury or illness, certain nerves send pain signals to your brain. With chronic pain, these pain signals continue for weeks, months, or even years after you recover. Chronic pain can develop after a major injury or illness, such as a back injury or shingles, or it can develop without a known cause. It is also possible that certain brain chemicals that usually suppress pain may not work…

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Types of Chronic Pain

Types of Chronic Pain

General somatic pain (pain from the outer body) Pains from your skin and muscles are easily localized by the brain because these pains are common. You have experienced general somatic pain since childhood when you have fallen or been hit by a person or an object. Normally, somatic pain gets better in a few days. Some people develop pain that never goes away. Fibromyalgia and chronic back pain are in this category. General somatic pain is often treated with nonsteroidal…

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What Should You Do With Your Chronic Pain?

What Should You Do With Your Chronic Pain?

What Happens In some cases, chronic pain develops after an injury or illness. The pain continues even after you have recovered from the injury or illness. For example, many people who have had a limb amputated report feeling chronic pain in the missing limb (phantom limb pain). Chronic pain can also develop even though you have not had an injury or illness. But the result is often the same-a cycle of sleeplessness, inactivity, irritability, depression, and more pain. Chronic pain…

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