Chronic pain

Tackling Long-Term Chronic Pain with Your Orthopedic Team

Pain is no fun, but do you know what’s worse than pain? Chronic pain.

Chronic pain is pain that you experience repeatedly over time. It can be relentless and prevent you from living life the way you want. But there is one benefit of chronic pain. It’s telling you that something is wrong in your body. As always, you should listen to signals your body sends you – and chronic pain is one you shouldn’t ignore.

Do You Have Chronic Pain?

Nearly every single person has experienced pain in their lives. So how do you know if your pain is chronic pain? Chronic pain makes your body hurt for a long period of time. You will feel the same pain over several weeks, months, or years.

Regular pain doesn’t work like that. You will experience regular pain after an injury or after strenuous activity that puts pressure on the body part. The pain goes away as the body heals.

Chronic pain does not go away. It stays because an underlying issue is going unaddressed. If you experience pain consistently over a long period of time, you are experiencing chronic pain and should consult with an orthopedic specialist to help diagnose the underlying issue.

How Can an Orthopedic Team Help?

Orthopedics involves diagnosing, treating, and preventing issues of the musculoskeletal system – the body’s bones, muscles, joints, tendons, nerves, and ligaments. If you are dealing with chronic pain anywhere in your body, an orthopedic specialist can help diagnose the issue and create a treatment plan to tackle it.

Many times, chronic pain is caused by underlying issues that only a professional in the field can diagnose and treat. For example, knee pain could be caused by a cartilage issue, a muscle issue, a ligament issue, or diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis.

Your orthopedic team will perform a variety of diagnostic tests and examine your body to best determine the cause of your chronic pain. After diagnosis, the orthopedic team will discuss treatment options to help you determine which is best for you. This may include medication, physical therapy, and/or surgery. Once you and the team decide on a type of treatment, it will be performed.

The following orthopedic specialists can help address your chronic pain issues:

·       Orthopedic Surgeon – An orthopedic surgeon diagnoses, treats, and corrects musculoskeletal issues. He or she employs a variety of treatment methods including medications, physical therapies, and surgical procedures to fix the issues.

·       Orthopedic Nurse – Orthopedic nurses assist the orthopedic surgeon in the practice and in the operating room. They help patients before, during, and after treatment.

·       Orthopedic Technologist – An orthopedic technologist assists orthopedic surgeons with the technology used in the practice and in the operating room.

Your orthopedic team will help you every step of the way as you embark on your journey to finally get rid of your chronic pain.

If you are experiencing chronic pain and want to find a way to permanently stop it, the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence will be happy to help. Call (719) 623-1050 today to make an appointment.