Pain can be caused by a number of things; from an injury, a disease, or a strain on the body. Sometimes pain may continue long after the original cause has gone away. Sometimes, persistent pain may occur for no obvious reason.
100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. That’s more people than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes put together. Many more suffer from pain caused by acute or health problems such as cancer, arthritis, or lower back strain.
Pain management is a medical specialty devoted to diagnosing and treating serious pain. Pain management is a multidisciplinary specialty, meaning that pain management specialists use knowledge from other branches of medicine, including:
- Neurology and neurosurgery
- Internal medicine
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation