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8 Causes of Chronic Pain

8 Causes of Chronic Pain

Roughly one in five Americans lives with chronic pain. This pain persists even after injuries have healed. In fact, many people experience chronic pain without even knowing what caused it in the first place. 

Dr. Peymon Zarreii and our team believe that you shouldn’t have to live with mysterious, ongoing pain. With our chronic pain diagnosis and care here at Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics in Delray Beach, Florida, we can help you get to the root of your discomfort. Dr. Zarreii also works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that brings you relief. 

To start you on the journey to less pain, it’s helpful to first identify what’s causing your discomfort. Here are eight of the most common causes of chronic pain.

#1: Arthritis

Arthritis, or inflammation in your joints, comes in many different forms. But whether it’s the wear-and-tear-based osteoarthritis or the autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis, it can leave you with significant chronic joint pain. 

#2: Nerve damage

Whether your nerve damage stems from another condition or an injury, it can leave you with stabbing pain, along with symptoms like tingling and numbness. 

#3: Improper healing after an injury or surgery

If your chronic pain comes from an injury or surgery that didn’t heal quite right, you have options. Treatment like physical therapy can correct the issue and bring you relief. 

#4: Compression and stress fractures

You don’t necessarily need to have a serious accident to run into problems with your bones. Stress fractures can cause hairline breaks in bones as a result of overuse, while osteoporosis can cause compression fractures in the bones of your spine. Repairing the damage to your bone will help to alleviate your pain.  

#5: Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia causes a number of symptoms, including chronic pain, brain fog, sleep problems, and more. 

#6: Shingles

This viral infection causes a painful rash, usually wrapping around your torso. 

#7: Spine problems

If you’re dealing with chronic back pain, it could stem from a problem with your spine itself. That could be a compression fracture, as we discussed earlier, degenerative disc disease, or another spinal condition. 

#8: Other conditions

A variety of conditions come with chronic pain, from cancer to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Zareii can help to determine if a specific condition is to blame for your chronic pain. 

Treating chronic pain

No matter what’s causing your persistent pain, Dr. Zarreii can work with you to help you find relief. With a broad range of diagnostic tools, he works with you to identify what’s to blame for your pain. Then, he develops a treatment plan just for you. That might include injection-based therapies like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or trigger point injections, physical therapy, or medications, depending on what’s right for you. 

You don’t have to live with chronic pain. To work with Dr. Zarreii to find some relief, contact us by calling our office or booking your appointment online today. 

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