Seniors and Chronic Pain Overview
It is reported approximately 88% of senior citizens experience some form of chronic pain, or pain that lasts more than three months. Seniors are more prone to chronic pain because of joint and muscle wear and tear, a decrease in physical activity and the presence of other medical conditions. The pain specialists at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, proudly serving the greater Tyler, Texas area, specialize in diagnosing and treating chronic pain in patients of all ages, including seniors. Our multimodal treatment approach is designed to treat the true cause of pain and return patients to a pain-free and healthy lifestyle.
Common Chronic Pain Types in Senior Citizens
Millions of senior citizens are affected by chronic pain at any given time. The most common types of chronic pain found in seniors include:
- Arthritis/joint pain
- Ongoing pain from injuries, such as a fracture or soft tissue tear
- Repetitive strain/overuse injuries
- Pain associated with a medical condition, such as a stroke
- Peripheral neuropathy, such as with diabetes
The most effective way to control chronic pain is to stop the problem from occurring. The best way to achieve this is by maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a balanced diet and a regular sleep pattern. If an injury or health condition occurs, seniors are strongly encouraged to visit a healthcare professional so the problem can be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible in order to eliminate the risk of a chronic condition developing.
How a Pain Specialist can Help Seniors Suffering from Chronic Pain
As seniors age it is sometimes impossible to turn back the hands of time and undo health conditions, past injuries and natural degeneration of the body. If chronic pain is present and affects a senior’s daily life, they are encouraged to visit a pain specialist. A pain specialist is trained and experienced at diagnosing and treating the true cause of pain with a multidisciplinary approach.
A pain specialist can help seniors suffering from chronic pain by utilizing a variety of treatment options. Common treatment options include:
- Pain medications
- Muscle relaxants
- Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
- Steroid injections
- Nerve blocks
- Spinal decompression
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
If you are a child or caregiver of a senior citizen, it is important to watch for early warning signs of pain. A senior experiencing chronic pain will often begin rubbing the affected area, restrict movements and display a change in facial expressions. Tracking the location and level of pain on a daily basis is also extremely important. A pain journal is very beneficial in diagnosing the cause of chronic pain in seniors.
If you live in the Tyler, Texas area and are a senior citizen experiencing chronic pain, please contact the practice of Pain Recovery Center of Tyler. Our pain specialists are available to treat the cause of pain and return seniors to a happy and healthy lifestyle.