Chronic pain is a condition that must be taken seriously and is one that affects many people. While acute pain can usually be attributed to a specific cause and acts almost like a warning signal in the body, the triggers for chronic pain are often not quite so easy to pinpoint.
Chronic pain is the term used for pain that has been present for more than six months. Often, the original cause of the symptoms is no longer even present: constant or severe irritation can cause long-term damage to nerve fibres, resulting in them sending pain signals to the brain after a while following even the slightest stimulation. Stress and anxiety are also common triggers.
Chronic pain can develop following open surgery to the spine (known as post-nucleotomy syndrome) or other operations, in cases of polyneuropathy (such as diabetic polyneuropathy), Sudeck's atrophy, severe wear and tear of the spine at multiple levels and following radiation and injury. Phantom pain can occur following amputations.
The symptoms depend very much on your individual situation and your own perception. While we are able to diagnose some conditions through palpation or X-rays, chronic pain calls for in-depth discussions between the doctor and patient. The more accurately you are able to describe your pain, the better we can get an idea of your condition and instigate suitable treatment.
To relieve chronic pain, we use a number of minimally invasive methods in our clinic, such as spinal cord stimulation (pain pacemaker) and ice therapy. We also determine the cause of the pain. If the patient's symptoms are caused by stress, for example, we recommend more detailed, interdisciplinary treatment.