With so many Americans afflicted with this medical condition, we’ve invested a lot of time researching chronic pain. There is no comprehensive cure for this condition yet, but our advancements in neuroscience have allowed us to develop better treatments for chronic pain.
These improved therapies would not be possible if it weren’t for the data provided by clinical trials like the ones we are conducting at our facility.
The human body experiences pain as a natural response to injury or other complications. Patients with chronic pain can experience these signals for weeks, months or even years on end. Studies have shown that the symptoms related to this condition can vary wildly from case to case. Some people only experience their chronic pain as a mild annoyance that comes and goes. Others must bear an excruciating and yet continuous burden that can leave them completely incapacitated.
Chronic Pain Fast Facts
- Chronic pain is the leading cause of adult disability in the US
- Sports-related trauma is the most common cause of chronic pain in young adults
- About one third of Americans will experience chronic pain in their lifetimes
You must remember that it is normal for people to experience some pain, especially if you were recently injured or have become ill. It’s how our bodies signal to us that something isn’t quite right. It’s when these pain signals continue to persist (at least 3 months) that we start to refer to them as chronic.
Clinical studies have shown that chronic pain can be isolated to specific parts of the body, or it can be widespread (such as in patients who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia). We mentioned earlier that the severity of a patient’s given symptoms can range from more mild and episodic to so severe that coping with the pain is about all they’ll be able to do.
Unfortunately, just about anyone can develop chronic pain at one point or another. Like many other medical conditions, chronic pain is more common among older adults. However, it is not in any way a normal aspect of getting older. Adults who have passed into their “golden years” more than likely have other issues such as osteoarthritis (OA) or back problems that can cause ongoing pain.
What Causes Chronic Pain
There are a wide variety of factors which could potentially be the source of your chronic pain symptoms. Here are just a few of the more common sources of pain:
- Joint pain
- Back aches
- Prior trauma from injury
- Sinus pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Long-term muscle pain
- Nerve pain
There are a lot of people who are left to deal with the effects of lasting pain following a serious infection or injury. This is the more common origin amongst patients being treated for chronic pain. However, there are some that suffer from this condition who show no evidence of any prior trauma.
The Emotional Toll of Chronic Pain
It can be easy to get caught up thinking about the physical aspect of this condition, but people must also consider the emotional impact that coping with long-term pain takes. Unfortunately, this aspect usually makes the pain that much more severe. Heightened levels of stress, anger and other emotional states can all hinder the body’s ability to cope with pain.
These states of emotional turmoil only make it that much easier to experience pain, since the body’s natural defences have been compromised. Chronic pain clinical trials have even produced significant data suggesting that this can work to suppress the immune system.
An effective treatment strategy for this medical condition must address the psychological aspects of chronic pain in addition to the physical ones.
Chronic Pain Clinical Trials in DeLand
Avail Clinical Research is currently conducting a wide array of clinical studies targeted towards certain conditions. You may be eligible to participate in one of our chronic pain clinical trials and contribute to the development and approval of a new drug or treatment. As a participant, there is no cost to you at any point during the study and health insurance is not required. Browse our clinical trials being conducted now to find the study best suited for you.
Accredited Resources for Chronic Pain
If you live near Central Florida, click here to learn more about participating in a chronic pain clinical trial. Also, our sister site Achieve Clinical Research conducts chronic pain clinical trials in Birmingham, Alabama.