Chronic pain presents a different challenge from acute or cancer-related pain. Often, the underlying direct cause of chronic pain cannot be eliminated. In these circumstances, comprehensive pain management is used to relieve suffering and to improve a person's quality of life.
Chronic pain can severely impact your physical, emotional and psychological well-being, ultimately affecting your quality of life. This kind of pain, which often continues for 24 hours a day, seven days a week for three months or more, is often caused by a disease and/or an injury. However, sometimes there is no obvious cause of why the pain started and continues.
Therapy for chronic pain includes a variety of treatment methods, including medications, nerve blocks, advanced interventional methods, self-management techniques, and physical therapy.
Care for chronic pain is available through the Penn Pain Medicine Center.