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:
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:
Physical and occupational therapy
Application of heat or cold, massage, ultrasonographic therapy, stretching, traction, manipulations
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.