Chronic pain is a frequently disabling condition that impairs a person’s ability to work or to function outside of work.
Damages for pain and suffering, past loss of income, past cost of care, future loss of income and future cost of care are often claimed in cases of chronic pain.
Reports from family physicians, physiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, vocational consultants, economists and other specialists are often required to establish full recovery in cases of chronic pain.
Chronic Pain Definition
Chronic pain: Pain (an unpleasant sense of discomfort) that persists or progresses over a long period of time. In contrast to acute pain that arises suddenly in response to a specific injury and is usually treatable, chronic pain persists over time and is often resistant to medical treatments.
Chronic pain may be related to a number of different medical conditions including previous trauma or injury. Chronic pain may worsen in response to environmental and/or psychological factors.
Treatment For Chronic Pain
There are a variety of treatment options for people with chronic pain. The goal of pain management is to provide symptom relief and improve an individual’s level of functioning in daily activities. A number of types of medications have been used in the management of chronic pain, including acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, COX-2 inhibitors, antimigraine medications, sedatives, opioids, and antidepressants. Nonmedicinal treatments for chronic pain can include exercise, physical therapy, counseling, electrical stimulation, biofeedback, acupuncture, hypnosis, chiropractic medicine, and other treatments.