When Aches & Pains Shouldn’t Go Ignored
Whether you’ve had a minor injury or slept in an uncomfortable position—everyone experiences orthopedic pain every now and then. While some of these aches and pains can go ignored, others can negatively impact your orthopedic health if left unaddressed.
Pain Medications Aren’t Working
For many people suffering from persistent pains, medication is used to help address pain-causing inflammation. While this can help to alleviate these symptoms temporarily, it doesn't actually help to address the root cause of your pain. When the cause of your pain isn't being treated, your condition can continue to worsen over time.
Regarding prescription medications, pain progression can lead to prescription drug abuse for a sense of relief. Unfortunately for many, this also causes addiction issues. In fact, roughly 25% of patients being treated with opioid therapy also suffer from addiction to their present medication.
You’re Avoiding Everyday Activities
As pain progresses, it can make normal everyday activities like getting dressed, brushing your teeth, or climbing stairs seem like a mountain of a task. If you find yourself actively putting off certain activities or planning your days around avoiding certain behaviors to prevent pain, it may be time to consider professional treatment.
Pain is Affecting Your Sleep
For many people suffering from chronic pain, symptoms are exacerbated during activity. However, if your pain is still spiking when you're sitting, relaxing, or lying down, it can signify something seriously wrong that requires medical attention. The most evident sign that you should see a specialist is that your pain prevents you from falling asleep or staying asleep.
Precision Pain Care and Rehabilitation has two convenient locations in Richmond Hill – Queens and New Hyde Park – Long Island. Call the Queens office at (718) 215-1888, or (516) 419-4480 for the Long Island office, to arrange an appointment with our Interventional Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Chacko.