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Chronic Pain

Pain Management & Spine Specialist in Las Vegas, Nevada

Chronic Pain services offered in Las Vegas, NV

Chronic pain often lasts for years and sometimes a lifetime, causing a significant reduction in quality of life. If you have chronic pain, visit the Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center team in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their pain management doctors specialize in treating chronic pain of all kinds, from back and neck pain to cancer pain and conditions like fibromyalgia. To benefit from the team’s expertise in managing chronic pain, call Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center today or request an appointment via the online form.

Chronic Pain Q&A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain develops slowly and lasts a long time, whereas acute pain occurs suddenly and often resolves in days or weeks.

Chronic pain is a leading cause of disability, poor quality of life, and lost work days in the United States. Many things can trigger chronic pain, all of which improve significantly with expert treatment from pain management specialists like the Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center team.

What causes chronic pain?

Leading causes of chronic pain include:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Musculoskeletal conditions that often cause chronic pain include:
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Autoimmune forms of arthritis
  • Vertebral compression fractures from osteoporosis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)
  • Scoliosis (spinal curvature abnormality)
  • Improperly healed whiplash injuries

Lumbar radiculopathy (sciatica in the lower back and leg) and cervical radiculopathy in the neck are also common causes of chronic pain.

Nerves

Nerve pain could come from pinched nerves (for example, a pinched median nerve in your wrist causing carpal tunnel syndrome). Or you might have a condition like diabetic peripheral neuropathy or postherpetic neuralgia. Nerve damage and dysfunction also cause problems like occipital and trigeminal neuralgia in the head.

Cancer

Cancer is a leading cause of chronic pain that’s often severe in advanced cases.

Chronic pain syndromes

Some conditions that cause chronic pain are complicated and involve several different systems in your body. Examples include fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

How is chronic pain treated?

The Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center team specializes in treating all forms of chronic pain. After a thorough examination and evaluation, plus diagnostic testing where required, your provider designs a personalized treatment plan for you. Potential treatments that might feature in your program (depending on your specific needs) include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Capsaicin cream
  • Anesthetic cream
  • Anticonvulsant medication
  • Low-dose antidepressants
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve block injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Intrathecal pain pump implantation

Some patients do well with the most conservative treatments, while others require more advanced therapies like steroid injections. Patients whose chronic pain fails to improve might require a minimally invasive procedure to implant a nerve stimulation device or a pump that delivers potent pain medicine into the body.

If your quality of life is suffering because of chronic pain, call Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center today or use the online booking form to schedule a consultation.

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