Twenty percent of U.S. adults suffer from chronic pain, according to a recent study analyzing National Health Interview Survey data.
Chronic pain is often defined as pain lasting more than 12 weeks. However, it can last even longer. Chronic pain can stem from a variety of factors, including injury or illness. However, there is no clear cut cause of chronic pain.
Here at our Northshore chronic pain clinic in Covington, LA, we've seen how chronic pain can all but eliminate one's quality of life — physically and emotionally. Chronic pain can reduce flexibility, strength, and stamina. This makes it difficult for sufferers to carry out vital tasks like brushing their teeth or putting on their socks. And it limits them from partaking in enjoyable activities, like swimming and walking. As a result, many chronic pain patients suffer from signs of depression.