Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Chronic Pain

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Chronic Pain

People ignore chronic pain for numerous reasons. However, no matter what’s keeping you from scheduling an appointment, you could be making things harder for yourself in the long run.

For more than 23 years, Dr. Anthony J. Berni has provided expert orthopedic care for people living in Missouri. And, over his entire career, Dr. Berni has remained committed to continuously updating his skills and techniques. Because of this dedication, you can always find the latest and least invasive solutions when seeking treatment for chronic pain.

Dr. Berni shared these insights into why you shouldn’t ignore chronic pain.

It interferes with your quality of life

Did you know that chronic pain is the most common reason for doctor’s visits? In the United States alone, approximately 50 million adults live with chronic pain — or pain that lasts at least 12 weeks. 

Chronic pain can develop anywhere in your body and cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from burning or aching discomfort to dull or sharp stabbing sensations. Common causes of chronic pain include:

Although chronic pain conditions and their symptoms can vary in severity, their ongoing and persistent nature can interfere with daily life. In fact, people with chronic pain typically miss significantly more work days than those without — 10 days compared to less than three. They also report having more limitations on social activities and daily living. 

You can make the problem worse

Has anyone ever told you “no pain, no gain” or to “just walk it off”? Worse words of advice have rarely been spoken.

When you have pain, it’s your body’s way of telling you there is a problem. Ignoring that little red flag can actually make the situation far worse and, depending on the cause of your pain, even cause more damage. 

To avoid additional complications, you should seek medical treatment if your pain doesn’t improve within a few days. Similarly, don’t wait to schedule an appointment if you notice:

It’s also crucial not to ignore pain associated with a medical procedure or treatment.

Solutions can help

Anyone can experience chronic pain, but it’s most common in older adults. As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Berni often sees chronic pain associated with trauma, overuse, and age-related deterioration, such as:

Dr. Berni offers treatments for each of these problems and more, which can reduce or completely eliminate your pain at the source. The best part? Dr. Berni specializes in minimally invasive techniques, including a single incision endoscopic carpal tunnel release procedure and outpatient joint replacement surgeries.

That means you can find long-term pain relief solutions with fewer risks of infection, complications, and pain, along with faster recovery times.

Do you have chronic pain? Schedule a consultation with Anthony J. Berni, MD, in O’Fallon, Missouri, to learn more about your treatment options today.

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