Chronic Pain and its Painful Facts

Do you have chronic pain?

Many times referred to as the “invincible illness,” chronic pain affects over 100 million people a year in the U.S. Chronic pain can persist for weeks, months, or even years. Of those suffering from chronic pain, sixty percent are between the ages of 18 and 64. Sometimes the effects of chronic pain are obvious when canes, wheelchairs, crutches or walkers have to be used for mobility. Other times the pain is less obvious and kept quiet to avoid being labeled as “rude” or a “nag.”

Causes of chronic pain:

  • Sprained back
  • Serious infection
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Past injury or evidence of body damage

Common chronic pain complaints include:

  • Headaches– 45 million people suffer from headaches every year
  • Low back pain– 65 to 85 percent of all people have back pain at some time in their life. Degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, and sciatica are the leading cause for back pain.
  • Cancer pain– 11 million people each year suffer from chronic pain because of cancer
  • Arthritis pain– affects more than 40 million Americans each year
  • Sciatic or other radiating pain into the legs or arms

The most common mistake people make is assuming they “just have to live with it.” They may not know physical therapy treatments are available to lessen most types of pain. Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center specializes in relieving chronic pain. If you or someone you know is living in pain contact us at 714-997-5518 to see how we can help. All of our treatments are fast and effective in providing results for pain relief. Walker Physical Therapy also offers laser therapy for treating pain. You will love the 830 Laser for pain relief because it’s new, yet proven and safe.