Just about everyone knows what it feels like to have some type of pain in their neck. It is estimated that at least 80 percent of the world’s population will experience some form of neck pain. Pain in this area is uncomfortable, it is unpleasant and it produces an undesired sensation in the neck. Neck pain usually indicates that there is something structurally or functionally wrong. For some people, the pain comes out of nowhere. For others, severe neck pain is something that comes about slowly.
While doctors have produced scales that allow patients to identify how severe their pain is, the truth is that each individual patient is the only one who can accurately judge how severe their pain really is. Pain that one individual may classify as a 10 out of 10 may only be a 3 out of 10 for another individual. For this reason, the severity of the pain is considered to be something that is relative. What is not relative is whether or not the pain is acute or chronic.
What is Acute Pain?
Acute pain might last for just a few moments. Or it could last for a few weeks or months. Causes of acute neck pain include injury, broken bones, surgery, tumors and stress. For the most part, acute pain does not last for more than six months. And once the underlying cause of the pain has been addressed, the pain disappears. This sets it apart from chronic pain.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is pain that you constantly feel even if the injury has healed. It is important to understand that chronic pain is not determined by the severity of the pain, but instead by its persistence. The pain is still active in the nervous system months or years after the physical or emotional trauma that caused the pain has disappeared.
Chronic pain has long-term effects. For example, with chronic neck pain, it can lead to you having tense muscles, limited mobility, loss of energy and could even lead to you losing your appetite.
Most people do not realize how much they use their neck until it is injured and every movement or certain movements lead to pain. Chronic neck pain definitely will have an emotional effect on you. It can lead to depression, anxiety, anger and fear. In some instances, the pain can be so severe that it inhibits your ability to go to work or even do leisure activities.
Another reason why chronic neck pain can have a detrimental impact on a person’s emotional well-being is because the cause of the pain and a cure for the pain may be unknown. If there is a small break in the neck pain, instead of feeling overjoyed, a person is left feeling worried about when the chronic pain is going to return.
Get the Help You Need
The good news is that your neck pain can be effectively addressed through various techniques at The NeuroMedical Institute in Panama City. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn about your treatment options.