When you are in pain, the main focus is on finding a way to stop or minimize it. If you are experiencing pain, you are one among the 55% of American adults who report having had some pain within the past three months. Chronic pain sufferers number over an estimated 25 million adults. These individuals suffer with severe daily pain.
The Painful Gender Gap
Among all the millions of people suffering from pain, women have longer-lasting, more frequent and more severe pain than do men. For the past twenty years, researchers have been studying this gender gap in hopes of finding more effective pain treatment for women and men. The findings regarding women’s pain are interesting.
Certain painful conditions will affect women simply as a matter of anatomy. Endometriosis, vulvodynia and menstrual cramps are examples. When it comes to many other conditions and diseases, such as interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and temporomandibular joint disorders, while affecting both genders, women tend to develop these more often. It is also not uncommon for their pain to be more intense than that of their male counterparts.
Just Make It Stop
There are many causes of pain. From injury, to illness to psychological roots, pain is a fact of life for many people, and finding the cause and providing relief is important. Some conditions may never entirely resolve or go away; osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia are examples. In these situations, minimizing the pain and learning to manage it is the main goal at this point in time. Other ailments, such as sprains, strains, ligament tears or broken bones, in general will heal over time. In these cases, pain relief and/or management is the focus. Accelerating the healing process can also help with relieving pain.
Real pain relief can be achieved for a variety of conditions. Modalities may include physical therapy, exercise moves, steroid injections, platelet-rich plasma treatment, medication, meditation and other treatments. Finding the cause of the pain and developing an effective treatment plan are the keys to resuming regular activities.
Caliber Pain™ provides a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. Contact us for a consultation so we can help relieve your pain. Our job is to help you get your life back on track. Call today to schedule an appointment.