The 6 Most Common Chronic Pain Conditions - Verywell Health | Ability Today

Pain conditions affect more than 100 million Americans and cost our economy $600 billion a year. Twenty-five percent of adults in the United States experience chronic pain each year, but many health care professionals do not adequately understand or treat chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as persistent neuropathic (nerve) and non -neuropathic (muscles and connective tissue) pain persisting for longer than three to six months.

The vast majority of patients with chronic pain do not get the care they need from health care professionals, such as doctors and physical therapists, who are on the front line treating this ailment. Why is that? Many people don’t believe that pain should last more than a few days or weeks. They don’t understand that for some people, pain can be severe and long-lasting. If you have chronic pain, you should see a specialist in pain management in Falls Church for treatment. This article looks at the different pain conditions that may prompt you to visit a specialist.

Osteoarthritis

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which can cause mild to severe pain. Osteoarthritis usually affects your hands, knees, hips, or spine. It’s caused by the breakdown of cartilage in your joints over time. That breakdown makes it harder for the two bones in a joint to glide smoothly and adequately when you move.

People with osteoarthritis typically have joint pain and stiffness that worsens over time, especially after periods of rest or inactivity.

Migraines

Migraines are severe headaches that can also cause nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to noise or light. Migraine symptoms typically include some combination of throbbing pain on one or both sides of your head, nausea or vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound.

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in your body. It runs from each side of your lower back down to the backs of your legs, dividing into branches as it goes. Sciatica results when a herniated disk or bone spur presses on this nerve root going down the leg, resulting in pain that can range from mild to severe.

Sciatica is usually only on one side of your body, but it can be felt on both sides in some cases. The pain is often worse when you sit or stand and go away while lying down. It may also feel like tingling, numbness, or weakness in the legs.

Disc Pain

The spinal cord and the disks between the bones in your spine make up your vertebral column. If you have a herniated disk, it means that the soft, gel-like center of one of your disks has squeezed through a crack or tear in its surrounding, fibrous outer ring. Pressure on or damage to nerves in the area where the disk is herniated is what causes symptoms.

A herniated or ruptured disk can cause pinched nerves, which may lead to pain, weakness, burning sensations, or numbness in your back, buttock, and leg.

In summary, pain conditions affect millions of people worldwide, but many fail to seek treatment. Some of the most common pain conditions include migraines and osteoarthritis. However, you may also experience chronic pain due to other conditions such as disc pain and sciatica.