Chronic Pain

Carolinas Health and Wellness LLC

Primary Care Practice & Aesthetics located in Rock Hill, SC

About 20% of Americans (more than 50 million people) experience chronic pain. If you’re one of them, and your symptoms interfere with your ability to work or spend time doing things you love, it’s important to seek treatment. At Carolinas Health and Wellness, primary care specialist Dr. Kristy Alamadine, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, offers comprehensive care for various types of chronic pain, including back pain, knee pain, and shoulder pain. To make an appointment, call the practice in Rock Hill, South Carolina, or click the online scheduling feature today.

Chronic Pain Q & A

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What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain refers to any type of physical discomfort that lasts for three months or longer. Chronic pain affects everyone differently. For some people, it’s constant and never resolves, but it comes and goes for others. 

Without diagnosis and treatment, chronic pain can interfere with your ability to work, spend time with friends, or get a good night’s sleep. If you regularly experience pain, and it’s preventing you from living an active, vibrant life, make an appointment at Carolinas Health and Wellness.

 

Without diagnosis and treatment, chronic pain can interfere with your ability to work, spend time with friends, or get a good night’s sleep. If you regularly experience pain, and it’s preventing you from living an active, vibrant life, make an appointment at Carolinas Health and Wellness.

How are chronic pain and acute pain different?

Acute pain occurs due to an accident, injury, or illness. The pain is intense at first but typically resolves with treatment. For example, you might experience acute pain if you break your wrist, but once it heals, the pain subsides, allowing you to use the joint again. 

Chronic pain is different in that it persists even after your body heals. In some cases, chronic pain occurs for no apparent reason. 

What does chronic pain feel like?

Everyone experiences chronic pain differently. Sensations you might experience include:

  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Shooting
  • Throbbing
  • Stabbing
  • Stinging

As your pain gets worse, it might also result in stiffness, affecting your mobility. 

What areas of the body are susceptible to chronic pain?

Chronic pain can occur anywhere in your body, but it’s prevalent in the joints and musculoskeletal system. Carolinas Health and Wellness treats chronic pain affecting:

  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Wrists
  • Kneck
  • Back
  • Elbows
  • Hands

You might also experience chronic pain in your feet if you have an underlying medical condition like plantar fasciitis or neuropathy (permanent nerve damage). 

How is chronic pain diagnosed?

Your Carolinas Health and Wellness provider asks about your symptoms and conducts a complete physical to diagnose chronic pain. If these steps don’t provide enough information, they might also order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays or an MRI, to rule out underlying medical conditions like arthritis.

How is chronic pain treated?

Treatment of chronic pain depends on various factors, including the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, and your medical history. Sometimes, healthy lifestyle changes can make a difference. For example, maintaining a healthy weight can take pressure off weight-bearing joints like your knees.

You might also benefit from prescription medication. Depending on the location of your pain, Carolinas Health and Wellness might recommend:

  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressants
  • Corticosteroids
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Sedatives to help with anxiety or insomnia

If medication doesn’t provide relief, your provider might recommend an outpatient procedure like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy or acoustic shock wave treatment. 

PRP is a regenerative therapy that increases circulation, spurring the production of new, healthy tissue. Acoustic shock wave treatment directs high-frequency soundwaves at injured or inflamed tissues, encouraging your body’s healing process.

To explore the various treatment options for chronic pain, make an appointment at Carolinas Health and Wellness by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.

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