Our bodies constantly send us feedback. Unfortunately, we have become desensitized to these signals to the extent that sometimes we are unaware of issues until it is too late. Many times, it is only in retrospect do we realize what was missed. According to a report released in 2011 by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, chronic pain costs the US $635 billion per year and affects 116 million adults. Chronic pain is defined as discomfort that persists over a long period of time (6 months or more). Unlike acute paint, which is sudden, sharp, and easily treated, chronic pain is often ignored since its constant state establishes a new “standard” which the body can adapt to feel “normal.” Since the source of chronic pain can be difficult to discover, treatment is a challenge. Adding to that, the physical and emotional toll on the person affected can cause activities that were once pleasurable to become unbearable. Common Symptoms of Chronic Pain Constant Discomfort Constant Soreness or Stiffness Constant Mild to Severe Pain Using painkillers for more than 2 weeks Its symptoms can extend into other areas of life and can affect sleep patterns, weaken the immune system, lead to depression, and increase stress. In need of a Chronic Pain consultation? Schedule an Appointment Today! If you have any questions, or want a consultation with a professional, feel free to call, or schedule an appointment online at any of our Bergen County or Passaic County offices in New Jersey. Choose from Glen Rock, Franklin Lakes, Fair Lawn, Ridgewood/Ho-Ho-Kus, and/or Clifton – we make it possible for you to visit any of our offices at your convenience. Common Sources of Chronic Pain Headaches Joints Pain from previous injury Back Pain Neck Pain Tendonitis Carpal Tunnel Syndrome General Muscle or Nerve Pain The best way to prevent severe issues is to get yourself checked by a medical professional when there is a pain that lasts for over two weeks, gets increasingly worse, or interferes with your daily life. These may be indications that something more serious is going on and needs proper treatment. You may also want to consider the activities you participate in, and manage them with your healthcare professional so they do not become a trigger for chronic pain.