Chronic pain is such a huge area to cover but this article provides a quick insight into the symptoms, causes, and most importantly the treatment options that are available to help you manage your pain.
A breakthrough treatment is available for this condition and is called PainShield. This treatment uses safe and non-invasive ultra-sound technology to alleviate the pain and discomfort you may be experiencing.
Pain, in general, is your body’s normal reaction to an injury or illness, it is a warning that something is wrong, and you need to pay attention to it. When your body heals, the pain you have been experiencing usually stops, but for many people, their pain continues long after the cause has gone. If your pain lasts for 3 to 6 months or more, then it is called chronic pain. When the pain is there day after day, it can have a significant impact on your emotional and physical wellbeing.
Whereas acute pain is the normal sensation which alerts you to your injury or illness, chronic pain is one that persists, often for months or even for life.
The most common symptoms of chronic pain can include any of the following:
- Pain that does not subside as you would expect following an injury or severe illness.
- If your pain could be described as aching, burning, shooting, or even feels like an electric pulse.
- Unrelenting soreness, discomfort, stiffness, or tightness of your muscles/tendons.
It can be caused by a musculoskeletal injury (involving your bones, muscles, or joints), nervous system dysfunction, chronic diseases, Cancer, and autoimmune disorders.
The reasons for chronic pain besides age, other factors that can increase your risk of developing chronic pain may include:
- having an injury.
- having surgery.
- being female.
- being overweight.
About 25% of people with chronic pain will go on to have a condition called chronic pain syndrome (CPS). This is when you suffer with other symptoms beyond pain alone, like depression and anxiety, which interferes with your daily life.
What Causes Chronic Pain Syndrome?
Doctors do not know exactly what causes CPS but it often starts with an injury or a painful condition such as:
- Arthritis and other joint problems
- Back pain
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Repetitive stress injuries.
- Nerve damage
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Endometriosis (when tissue in the uterus grows outside)
- Post-Operative Surgery
The root cause of CPS is said to be both physical and psychological. It is thought that people with the condition either have a problem with the system of nerves and glands that the body uses to handle stress, or that it is a learned response. When you are in pain, you may start to repeat even after the pain is gone or has lessened.
Accepting a Chronic Pain Diagnosis can be very difficult for you to accept
They say there are 5 Stages
Ways to manage Chronic Pain
The best approach to reducing pain is a combination of:
- Physical Therapy
Unfortunately you may also find that it becomes harder and harder to get going and to keep going but whenever possible the above activities could really help with your quality of life and mental health whilst coping with your pain.
Managing your pain with Medications
Non-opioids: Used for mild pain.
Acetaminophen . Ibuprofen
Opioids: Used for moderate-severe pain.
Morphine . Codeine . Hydrocodone
Muscle relaxants: Used to manage mild to moderate pain.
Topical pain medication: Creams and sprays directly applied to the skin, which helps to reduce moderate pain.
Electrical stimulation: In this procedure, electrical current is directly supplied into the muscle to reduce pain.
PainShield – A New Treatment available for Chronic Pain
PainShield is an ultrasound device, consisting of a reusable driver unit and a disposable patch, which contains our proprietary therapeutic transducer. It delivers a localised ultrasound effect to treat pain and induce soft tissue healing in a targeted area, while We believe that PainShield is the smallest and most portable therapeutic ultrasound device on the market and the only product in which the ultrasound transducer is integrated in a therapeutic disposable application patch.
The existing ultrasound therapy devices being used for pain reduction are primarily large devices used exclusively by clinicians in medical settings. PainShield is able to deliver ultrasound therapy without being located in a health care facility or clinic because it is portable, due to it being lightweight and battery operated. Because it is patch based and easy to apply, PainShield does not require medical personnel to apply ultrasound therapy to the patient.
The success of this device has made a massive change to peoples Quality of Life (QOL) by improving your movement so you are able to increase your mobility as pain is reduced
Please refer to our product information page to see if you are a suitable candidate for PainShield.
You should also contact a medical professional prior to use. Please contact our customer service team for any further questions or to order your device on: