If you’re experiencing pain, your body is telling your brain that something is wrong or a body part is in danger. Like heat, cold, pressure, and other touch sensations, pain is picked up by receptor nerves located throughout your body and sent to your brain via high-speed nerve fibers.
Pain signals can come from anywhere on your body, from your skin, joints, and ligaments to your bones, muscles, nerves, and organs, and they are processed first by your spinal cord. Those signals are then sent along to your brain where you begin making certain mental associations, such as anxiety, memory, and emotions that make pain a very personal experience. In short, no two people experience pain in the exact same way.
In terms of treatment, pain medication can block pain transmissions or reduce their impact on their way to your brain, which can provide some relief. You can manage mild pain, such as headaches, fairly easily without formal medical care. However, if you find your pain is severe, ongoing, and/or worsening, medical attention is generally recommended.
Joint pain can result from trauma and injury, overuse and repetition, or disease or age-related degeneration, such as arthritis. As we age, years of physical stress wear down parts of our body, from shoulders, hips, and knees to hands, wrists, elbows, feet, and ankles, and joint pain becomes more common. This is often because the cartilage between bones, which acts as a cushion, wears away over time, which leads to painful bone-on-bone friction. Joint pain can be sharp, throbbing, aching, burning, tingling, and can result in cramping, tightness, swelling, and, when trauma is involved, skin discoloration and bruising.
It’s important to pay attention to your pain before your doctor’s visit so you can provide as much accurate and thoughtful observation as possible, which can help your doctor identify the root cause of your pain and develop the right treatment plan. These observations may include rating the severity of your pain from one to 10, with 10 causing the most discomfort and disruption to your life.
At Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers, we understand how critical pain relief is not only to your comfort, but to the healing process.
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