Chronic Pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than three months and generally has a significant psychological and emotional effect, limiting a person’s ability to fully function.
It is estimated that currently 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from some kind of chronic pain.
Common chronic pain conditions
- Low back pain
- Neuropathy (nerve damage)
- Multiple sclerosis
From the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
“The prevalence of chronic pain and the increasing use of opioids have created a ‘silent epidemic’ of distress, disability, and danger to a large percentage of Americans,” the report authors write. “The overriding question is: Are we, as a nation, approaching management of chronic pain in the best possible manner that maximizes effectiveness and minimizes harm?”
The NIH says the medical community needs multi-disciplinary approaches and considerations for alternate treatments, such as physical therapy.
Alternate therapies to help and/or reduce chronic pain
- Dietary supplements
- Physical therapy
- Electric stimulation, ice/heat therapy, cold LASER therapy and ultrasound
- Yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, biofeedback hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy
The goal of these alternate therapies is to help treat the underlying conditions which cause the chronic pain, as opposed to the symptoms manifested as a result. It’s also important to note that anxiety and depression is common among those who suffer from chronic pain.
It’s been suggested that pain narcotics, with their risks of dependency, addiction, risk or overdose and death, are not an effective long-term pain treatment. However, prescription pain relievers may always have a place in the treatment of chronic pain, but consider that in the last several years there has been a dramatic increase in prescribed opioids, hospitalization for opioid addition and opioid overdoses, while the chronic pain epidemic continues.
We offer many healthy, all natural alternate therapies to help with chronic pain and chronic pain management. Please call our office for a consultation and assessment today – 519-258-8544.
 Dr. Pat Morley-Forster – Medical Director of the Pain Management Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care in London, Ontario