Treatment for Chronic Pain

Everyone experiences aches and pain throughout their life. However, some people find themselves dealing with pain that never seems to go away. Once pain has persisted for a couple of months, it’s time to seek out treatment for chronic pain. Depending on the cause and severity of the pain, it may take a while and a number of treatment options before you’ll start to find relief for it.

Thankfully, getting treatment for chronic pain doesn’t have to be hard with the help of Metro Urgent Care. We are committed to treating chronic pain for all of our patients, whether they’re first time visitors or a regular at our urgent care network.

When you notice pain is recurring and are able to stop in for a checkup, you’ll have better success with

What Causes Chronic Pain?

Knowing what causes chronic pain can sometimes help you to find a more effective form of treatment. However, given that “chronic pain” is vague and can encompass many types of pain, there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to the cause. However, there are a few common areas that are known to cause chronic pain:

  • Back injury
  • Illnesses
  • Shingles
  • Brain chemicals that suppress pain stop working
  • Injuries to organs (e.g., inflammatory bowel disease, stomach ulcers, etc.)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pressure or damage to the nerves
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle strain
  • And much more

Even if you don’t know what caused the chronic pain to start, it’s still worth visiting the doctor. Healthcare professionals know the questions to ask that can help both of you come to a solution to what caused your chronic pain. From there you’ll be able to move on to the type of chronic pain treatment that’s available.

Chronic Pain Treatment

The primary goal of treatment for chronic pain is to, at the very minimum, reduce the overall pain you are experiencing, improve functional ability, sleep, and coping skills, and while reducing stress. The ideal result of treatment would be to eliminate pain completely, but it may not always be possible for some types of chronic pain.

Working with your healthcare professional will allow you to establish a treatment plan for chronic pain that is clear and effective for the result you want. The treatment plan you and your partner establish will help you to identify solutions for managing the pain.

Below are just a few common forms of chronic pain treatment that may be recommended by your doctor and other healthcare professionals. You may need a combination of treatment options, or you may have to find a form of treatment that is less common and instead is personalized to you and your situation.

  • Medication to reduce pain
  • Medication to treat a cause of the chronic pain
  • Counseling
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

If you are experiencing chronic pain that will not go away and shows no signs of slowing down, stop in today at Metro Urgent Care. When you’re ready to start reducing or eliminating the chronic pain you’re dealing with, our team of medical professionals will work together to help find potential treatment and will create a plan for you to help manage the pain.

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