What Can Help Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions?
People with chronic back pain may also have other sources of pain as well. The problem is some of their pain may be more intense than others, which leaves some areas undiagnosed. When people have chronic overlapping pain conditions, they may not even be able to pinpoint the source of their most intense pain as well. And they definitely won’t be able to focus on the less intense areas. As a pain management physician, a full assessment of a patient is essential to provide them with the proper treatments needed to live a normal life without pain. Here are some interesting points to consider about chronic back pain management for patients and how it relates to chronic overlapping pain conditions.
Overlapping Pain Conditions Often Get Overlooked
Even the best medical professionals don’t know what they don’t know. This means they have to lean on what their patient tells them and diagnose the specific issue accordingly. The only problem with this is a patient with chronic back pain will likely just talk about the pain in their back. In reality, they could be suffering from anxiety, sleep disorders or even neurological issues that make the back pain seem more intense. The overall pain can’t be relieved just by targeting one pain point. It requires a collective treatment effort that can only happen when all overlapping pain conditions are identified.
Patients Should Be Assessed As A Whole
As a pain management physician, sometimes the hardest thing to identify is when patients are suffering from multiple pain conditions at once. This stresses the importance of assessing patients as a whole and asking them questions about their sleep habits, stress levels, mood, cognition, fatigue and more. It’s possible you’ll get more answers about the overlapping pain conditions by simply asking these questions and doing an overall assessment of the patient. Most patients don’t realize these characteristics could be related to their chronic back pain, so understanding them as a pain management physician will help offer a more effective diagnosis.
Decrease Pain While Increasing Neurological and Metabolic Function
Numerous studies indicate adverse experiences early in life, psychological factors, behavioral factors, stress and more all may have a relation to chronic pain. So in many ways, the most effective treatment options for patients involve a combination of targeting the source of pain and decreasing it, while also increasing neurological and metabolic function. Patients who are seemingly always in pain likely aren’t getting the proper treatments in certain areas, which further highlights the importance of a full evaluation.
DBC Active Spine Care® can help medical professionals with their patients dealing with chronic overlapping pain conditions. Our comprehensive program is clinically and scientifically validated by physicians practicing in many areas as being an efficient, effective and economical program. We can target not only the specific pain points patients experience but also the neurological and metabolic concerns. The overall goal is to help patients get back to living a normal life, so contact us today to see how our program can benefit your practice in many ways.