Chronic Pain

Pain is a signal in your nervous system that something is wrong – it’s our body’s ‘check engine light.’ Usually, once the injury or source of pain heals, the signal stops. But when the pain signal stays on for 3 or more months it is considered chronic pain.

The Four Major Types of Pain Are:

  • Nociceptive Pain – caused by an injury to body tissue (sprains, fractures, bruises)
  • Inflammatory Pain – the process in which your body fights against things that harm it. This defense mechanism triggers a response from your immune system causing inflammation. (arthritis, postoperative pain, psoriasis)
  • Neuropathic Pain – pain caused by damage or dysfunction to the nervous system (Peripheral Neuropathy, CRPS, Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Functional Pain – Pain without clear source of origin (chronic stomach pain, Fibromyalgia, Vulvar pain)

Chronic Pain Stats and Risk Factors:

  • More than 1 in 5 American adults experience chronic pain
  • Chronic pain is the number 1 cause of disability globally
  • People with chronic pain are 3 times more likely to develop depression and anxiety than those without chronic pain

Risk Factors

  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Sleep quality
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Underlying illness

When to See a Doctor for Chronic Pain

  • When pain interferes with sleep or prevents you from relaxing
  • Pain causes you to cancel plans
  • You notice a significant change in symptoms
  • Pain limits your range of motion
  • Stops you from exercising or participating in your normal activities
  • You are struggling to cope with your pain
  • Pain is causing you stress, anxiety or depression
Chronic pain is not something you have to accept.

If pain hasn’t improved with any of the treatment you have tried, it’s time to consult an experienced pain relief expert.  Dr Sobarzo, backed by extensive experience with pain management, wants to help alleviate your pain for a better quality of life. After meeting with you and discussing medical history and concerns, he will make a suggestion of treatment options personalized for you.

Don’t suffer in pain. Call to schedule a thorough diagnosis and pain treatment plan in Katy, Texas. 

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