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Pain is your body’s normal reaction to an injury or illness, a warning that something is wrong. When your body heals, you usually stop hurting.
For some, pain continues after the initial cause is gone. About 25 percent of people with chronic pain will go on to have a condition called complex (chronic) pain syndrome. This takes a toll on both physical and emotional health.
Chronic pain syndrome is complex and poorly defined. Most doctors consider pain that lasts longer than six months as chronic pain syndrome.
Chronic Pain Syndrome Symptoms
In addition to pain that lasts “longer than it should,” patients are affected by many other symptoms:
- Libido reduction
- Changes in everyday behavior
- Onset of dependent behavior or drug and alcohol abuse
Chronic Pain Syndrome Treatments
Chronic pain syndrome can be hard to treat, but it’s not impossible. A mix of treatments like counseling, physical therapy, and relaxation techniques can help relieve your pain and the other symptoms that come with it. The most effective treatments include:
- Psychological treatment
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Application of heat or cold, massage, ultrasonographic therapy, stretching, traction, manipulations
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
- Spinal cord stimulation
Why Choose Weill Cornell Medicine for Chronic Pain Syndrome Treatment?
Chronic pain is a challenging and life-changing disease. At Weill Cornell Medicine Division of Pain Management, our physicians are experts in treating difficult, complex pain, including chronic pain syndrome.
Our team uses the latest research, the most advanced equipment, and innovative therapies to diagnose pain and develop customized pain management plans for each patient.
We work closely with a broad team of specialists to help our patients regain independence, functionality, and improve their quality of life.
Weill Cornell Medicine also offers clinical trials, giving patients access to treatments that may not be available elsewhere. Learn more about Pain Management's current clinical trials.
Contact us for a consultation today.