Chronic Pain and Anxiety Go Hand-In-Hand

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2019 1:27:35 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Prevention, Wellness, Chronic Pain, Chronic Pain and Anxiety

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Chronic pain can be especially difficult to treat when combined with the effects of anxiety. It’s fairly common for sufferers to experience both conditions at once, and in such cases, it can be challenging to determine whether the pain is worsening the anxiety, or the anxiety is intensifying the pain; these often work in conjunction to form a debilitating cycle that may be hard to escape.

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How Chronic Pain Works and What You Can Do About It

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2019 12:52:45 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Chronic Pain, Causes of Chronic Pain, Interventional Pain Management, Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief

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According to a 2018 study released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50 million Americans are affected by chronic pain. This is not to be confused with acute pain, which is the body's reaction to a physical injury and typically doesn't last very long; the pain usually subsides as your body heals.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain that doesn't go away in 3 months or more. This type of pain produces symptoms that can occur continuously or on an intermittent basis, and may fluctuate in intensity, depending on any number of factors such as time of day or level of physical activity. The causes of chronic pain may vary widely from one individual to the next.

Though chronic pain differs from acute pain in that it may result from a number of long-term conditions, the chronic pain can also be ‘extension’ of an original injury, wherein the initial cause of pain has healed, but the body’s pain processing signals continue to ‘fire’, rather than turning themselves off.

The more typical types of chronic pain, however, can be broken down into two different major categories:

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Chronic Pain Sufferers Often Get a Double-Whammy from Depression

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2019 10:06:19 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Prevention, Wellness, Chronic Pain, Depression

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It is widely suggested that up to half of all people living with chronic pain also suffer from depression. And while it is at times difficult to determine whether pain worsens the depression or vice-versa, it’s not surprising that these two conditions can cause, and exacerbate, one another.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, if you live with chronic pain, the likelihood of developing depression or anxiety is tripled. And by the same token, living with depression in turn triples the likelihood of developing chronic pain. When interacting, these two conditions can ‘feed on’ one another and ultimately cause a downward spiral from which it may be difficult to recover.

How can chronic pain cause depression?

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Sarasota Pain Management Expert Shares Five Ways to Improve Low Back Pain Without Medications or Surgery

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2018 5:59:13 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Interventional Pain Medicine, Chronic Pain, Pain Medicine, Back Pain, Low Back Pain, Pain Relief

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In Sarasota, Dr. Lance S. Cassell specializes in the treatment of patients with acute and chronic pain, and with physical impairments and disabilities secondary to both traumatic and non-traumatic causes.

One of the most common pain conditions Dr. Cassell encounters is low back pain, which affects an estimated 80% of the United States population at some point in their lives, according to the ACA.

Dr. Cassell offers patients relief from pain without need for traditional pain management methods such as back surgery or additive opioid medications, instead producing remarkable results with powerful alternative treatments.

In addition to the minimally invasive procedures provided at clinic locations in Sarasota, Dr. Cassell also provides helpful information about how to lessen back pain in our everyday lives. Here are his recommendations for steps you can begin right away to help prevent or alleviate suffering.

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