Chronic Pain Specialist Brisbane North
Chronic pain, unfortunately, is something that people living in Brisbane will have to deal with at some point in their lives. The good news is that you don’t have to grit your teeth and bear it. Medical and allied health professionals at Ubuntu Medical have a number of tools to help manage chronic pain and in some cases to get rid of it.
So What Is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is separate from the short-term pain you might feel after injuring yourself at home, on the sports field or through illness. That pain is short-term in nature and will go away naturally once the source of the pain has been identified.
Chronic pain is very complex and is defined as pain lasting 3 months or longer in duration. Like all forms of pain, it varies in intensity, from mild to severe. Statistics suggest that approx. 1 in 5 people in Brisbane will experience this type of pain at some point in their lives. The number increase to 1 in 3 after the age of 65.
Why Is Chronic Pain A Problem?
It has a number of adverse consequences in a person’s life. They include:
- Mental Health. Many people who suffer chronic pain fall into bouts of depression and rage.
- Personal Relationships. It can affect the quality of relationships, especially with your spouse and children and those living with the person in pain.
- Social Life
What Are The Causes Of Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain typically comes from:
- Joint pains
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnell
- Neck, Shoulder Pain
- Nerve Pain
Along with the physical cause of chronic pain, there is a psychological consequence. Patients will have a number of worries which need to be addressed through consultation with a GP or psychologist. For example, “When is my pain going to go away.” People want answers as to how long they are going to have to put up with their pain for? Individuals also get extremely anxious and angry about having to live in pain. Living with the pain causes them to generalise feelings of self-worthlessness to other areas of their life. It is not uncommon for people to self-medicate through alcohol, prescription drugs and cigarettes to help manage the pain.
At Ubuntu Medical, we will help you
- Diagnose the Cause of the Pain
- Manage Symptoms
- Treat Physical Causes
- Treat Psychological Consequences
At Ubuntu Medical, we also help with Pain Management.