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Chronic Pain Specialist

Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

John H. Bissell, MD

Physiatrist and Pain Management Physician located in Colorado Springs, CO

Chronic pain has many different causes, but the results are always depressing and disabling. If you find life hard to cope with because of chronic pain, quadruple board-certified pain management physician John Bissell, MD, of Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, can help. Dr. Bissell offers a range of cutting-edge therapies to treat chronic pain, including steroid injections, ketamine infusions, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. To find out more, schedule an appointment with Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or book online today.

Chronic Pain Q&A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a widespread affliction that causes extensive suffering and reduced quality of life.

Pain is an essential function that acts as a danger warning. For instance, the pain you feel when you put your hand on a hot stove makes you snatch the hand away before it suffers any severe damage.

Pain keeps you safe when it serves this purpose, but with chronic pain, the usefulness of being in discomfort is over.

If you've been in pain for three months or more and your condition isn't improving, visit Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to assess your chronic pain.

What causes chronic pain?

There are many possible reasons why you might have chronic pain. It might be due to a persistent or incurable condition, such as arthritis or cancer. Your chronic pain may also result from an injury not healing properly or an excessive buildup of scar tissue.

Neuropathies, which are conditions affecting the nerves, also cause many types of chronic pain. In some cases, the pain is due to nerve damage or compression, such as pressure on the median nerve in your wrist, causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

In other cases, the nerves are malfunctioning, transmitting pain signals when there's no tissue damage, as is the case with conditions like complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Some of the conditions where chronic pain is a significant symptom include:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Migraines

Conditions like scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine) and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine) can cause chronic pain in some, while many others experience little or no discomfort.

How is chronic pain treated?

Dr. Bissell provides a range of non-surgical treatments for chronic pain. The treatment program you require depends on the cause of your chronic pain and how it's affecting you. Some of the therapies Dr. Bissell might incorporate in your plan include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching and strengthening
  • Medication management
  • Low-dose opioids
  • Anti-Seizure medication
  • Low-dose tricyclic antidepressants
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Joint injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Ketamine infusions
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

A combination of treatments is usually highly effective in addressing most cases of chronic pain.

You can help yourself by making decisions that improve your overall health, such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, improving your diet, and losing excess weight. Finding suitable forms of exercise and learning to manage stress is also vital.

If chronic pain causes you distress, find an effective solution by calling Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or book an appointment online today.