Chronic pain is an ever-increasing problem across the United States, but finding effective treatments isn’t easy. At Blackhawk TMS, the highly qualified team of medical experts provides transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy for patients in the Danville and Napa areas of California who are struggling with chronic pain. TMS is a noninvasive treatment that could provide the key to releasing you from the constraints of chronic pain, so call Blackhawk TMS today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
Chronic pain is any pain that doesn’t get better after several months, causing constant discomfort that shows no sign of reducing in intensity. In some cases the pain worsens over time; in others, the pain fluctuates, so you have some good days and some bad days.
Chronic pain can affect specific areas of the body such as the lower back or arm, or could extend throughout your entire body.
Chronic pain often starts as a response to an acute injury or illness, but instead of going back to normal when the damaged or diseased tissue heals, the nerve endings continue to send pain signals to the brain.
In some cases, long-term health problems cause chronic pain, for example having a herniated disc in your back or cancer. Some treatments can heal the cause of the pain, but treatment may take months or years, leaving you with chronic pain in the meantime.
In other cases, the cause of the pain is still there because it can’t heal; for example, if you have arthritis in your joints, there’s no cure for the condition so the pain becomes chronic and needs managing.
While there are a number of medical conditions that cause chronic pain, in many cases the pain is neuropathic, meaning it’s due to dysfunction of the nerves rather than an injury or disease.
The causes of chronic pain are so diverse and patients’ response to treatments so varied that there’s no single approach that works in all cases. The first step is to treat any underlying condition that’s responsible for the pain, for example, if you have chronic knee pain because of a meniscus tear, having surgery that repairs the meniscus should help relieve your symptoms.
Where pain is enduring because there’s no effective way to tackle the root cause, controlling the pain becomes the priority. Pain-killing medications can help many people who have chronic pain but they aren’t always effective and carry the risk of causing unpleasant side effects. Other potential treatments include:
If you wish to avoid the potential risks of taking medication or your treatment isn’t working for you, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe, effective treatment that’s noninvasive and completely painless. Call Blackhawk TMS today to find out how TMS could help relieve your chronic pain, or book an appointment online.