What Happens If Chronic Pain Is Left Untreated?

Chronic pain can be debilitating, and if left untreated, it can lead to other health problems. Untreated chronic pain can also cause depression and anxiety. If you are experiencing chronic pain, it is important to seek treatment. Integrated Pain Solutions offers second opinion solutions and innovative chronic pain treatments that can help you get back to your life. Schedule your visit today in Antigo or Mosinee.

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What Causes Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is often the result of an initial injury or underlying condition. Common causes of chronic pain include:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Back injuries, such as herniated discs and sciatica
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Shingles (postherpetic neuralgia)
  • And more

But, in some cases, there's no clear cause of the chronic pain. As many as one in five people suffer from chronic pain with no identifiable cause.

Why Treat Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can be debilitating, limiting your ability to work, exercise and enjoy life. In fact, chronic pain can impact your ability to perform daily tasks. It may interfere with your ability to do household chores, care for children or even enjoy physical intimacy with a loved one. And chronic pain can make it difficult — if not impossible — to work, which could lead to unemployment or the need to reduce your hours.

Beyond that, chronic pain is more than just a physical sensation. It can have a major impact on your mental health as well — leading to feelings of anger, frustration and depression. This makes it important to find effective treatment options for managing your chronic pain.

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Woman touching her neck in discomfort

What Are Treatment Options for Chronic Pain?

When it comes to chronic pain, it’s important to know first what your options are for treatment. From medication to surgical options, healthcare providers have a variety of methods to choose from. The type of chronic pain you experience is important in determining the best treatment plan for your condition. But before heading down the road of surgery and medication for managing your chronic pain, look into second opinion solutions.

What Are Second Opinion Solutions

Second opinion solutions are not just getting a second doctor’s advice; they are a complete review of your case by doctors who specialize in treating chronic pain and have the latest technology and treatments at their disposal.

Often, second opinions can be the difference between successful treatment and an ongoing battle with chronic pain. An increasing number of patients with chronic pain find that second opinion solutions offer them a real opportunity to begin living again.

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At Integrated Pain Solutions, we offer a selection of innovative chronic pain treatment solutions, including our High-Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT), to provide pain relief in patients with everything from chronic knee pain and chronic arm pain to chronic neck pain.

We understand that chronic pain has a real impact on your life, affecting not only your physical health but mental health as well. Schedule your visit today with Integrated Pain Solutions in Antigo and Mosinee.