Non-Surgical Remedies | Coping with the Psychological Effects of Chronic Pain

Non-Surgical Remedies | Chronic pain causes a significant impact on life in general. This impact affects you mentally, emotionally and physically. At times the pain can become overbearing and cause you to lose all hope.

Living with chronic pain for an extended period of time can ultimately lead to a category of psychological matters, including depression. Available treatment methods may respond positively to non-surgical remedies for chronic pain. It is imperative to seek treatment when dealing with chronic pain including but not limited to the following areas of the body.

  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Lower neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Knee pain

Here are a few psychological impacts to expect when living with chronic pain.

  1. Depression – as mentioned before, consistent and chronic pain can lead to depression. You begin to wonder if the pain will ever go away. Living day after day with excruciating pain can cause endless worry. The inability to do the things you most enjoy due to the pain can make it difficult to enjoy daily life. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, we recommend seeing a licensed psychologist.
  1. Agitation and Moodiness – The challenge of living with chronic knee pain, sciatica, hip pain and other similar conditions can cause you to become easily agitated and display constant moodiness. You may grow easily impatient and exhibit a short temper.
  1. Fatigue – living with chronic pain can make it impossible to acquire proper amounts of sleep. This creates an ongoing cycle that will hinder your ability to remain focused. Pain makes it difficult to move around or exercise and the decreased activity levels can cause you to be extremely tired and restless at night.

The above effects can quickly lead to a demise in quality of living. They intensify the emotional facets of functioning while living with chronic pain. Pain makes it difficult to perform your job or work in your career, be active with your family or kids, maintain a social life and much more. Therefore, it is crucial to identify and treat the psychological impacts of pain while addressing the physical treatment also.

At Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, we take an integrative approach to treat a wide range of issues. We specialize in delivering lasting relief by treating the root cause of your issues and chronic pain. Our team of board-certified nurse practitioners, physical therapy technicians, aestheticians, and chiropractors offer patients comprehensive types of treatment with two convenient locations in Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina. Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn what treatment options are available for your chronic pain.