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Should You Visit a Health Care Clinic if You're in Chronic Pain?

Posted by Staff on June 23, 2017
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Do you suffer from chronic pain? We're not talking about the pain you might feel whenever you pull a muscle or cut a finger. Chronic pain is any pain that continues for weeks, months, or years. This is the kind of pain that drags on and on and affects your everyday life as well as your mental health. You might be waiting your pain out at home because you've had the flu recently, or you might be recovering from an injury and you are waiting for the pain to go away.

If your pain doesn't go away and is making you depressed, we have some good news for you. The Medical Specialty Center at Orchard Hospital - Your Everyday Health Care Clinic, in Gridley and Oroville, California provides specialty exams, appointments, and walk-in care, and is ready to provide quality, compassionate, and cost effective care for your chronic pain.

Leading Causes of Chronic Pain

There are many reasons why people experience chronic pain. It can start after you've been in an accident, or had a fall or other type of injury. Pain can also become constant because you have a certain health condition.

Some of the primary factors leading to chronic pain include back problems (including low back strain), any past surgeries or injuries, post-trauma pain, arthritis, cancer, nerve damage, headaches or migraines, or psychogenic pain --which is any pain that isn't caused by injury, nerve damage, or disease.

Infections can also create chronic pain, as well as medical conditions like fibromyalgia, in which people frequently have muscle pain all over their bodies.

What Are Some of the Symptoms of Chronic Pain?

Your pain can range from mild to very severe and can be constant or intermittent (pain that comes and goes). Your pain can feel like stinging, burning, throbbing, a shooting pain, or squeezing. It can also feel like general soreness, stiffness, a pulled muscle, or a dull ache.

Your pain can be combined with trouble sleeping, a lack of energy, weakness, mood changes, or not having any appetite. Chronic pain can also be caused by chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, inflammatory bowel disease, or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) which causes painful popping, clicking, or locking of your jaw.

Can Chronic Pain Affect Your Mental Health?

The short answer to this question is yes, definitely. If you suffer from constant pain, it is very likely that you will become depressed. Perhaps you've been prescribed antidepressants to help with your depression or sleeping pills to help with your sleeplessness. It's very important to come to our clinic for help with chronic pain.

What Can Our Clinic Do For You?

If you are suffering from fibromyalgia pain, our staff will discuss some practices that will be good for you to pursue, like yoga, tai chi, qi gong, massage therapy, acupuncture, etc.

If you have migraines or headache pains, we can refer you to some helpful treatments, including relaxation training, spinal manipulation, and the use of various dietary supplements.

If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome pain, we can consult with you about the use of probiotics and even hypnotherapy. We can also help you with possible treatment referral for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, neck pain, and low back pain.

Can Chronic Pain Be Cured?

There are a few instances where chronic pain can be completely cured. In the majority of cases, however, this is not the case. What our walk-in clinic can help you with are many treatments that can lessen your pain.

We have a broad assortment of treatments that are individualized for each patient that ranges from acupuncture, electrical stimulation, medicines, psychotherapy, meditation and relaxation techniques, massage, spinal manipulation, behavior modification, and biofeedback. Sometimes even surgery is an option.

What Options Can You Find at Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center?

Your Everyday Health Care Clinic offers a wide variety of options for both inpatient and outpatient chronic pain rehabilitation. We have a talented staff of physical therapists who can treat your chronic back and neck pain, neurological disorders, and sports injuries with manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and much more.

Our staff can also help you with toenail removal, drainage and incision of abscesses. If you are in need of mental health services, we can provide individual psychotherapy, medical therapy for medication, and much more at our outpatient clinic.

If you're suffering from chronic pain, don't wait! Contact the Orchard Hospital Medical Specialty Center - Your Everyday Health Care Clinic in Gridely and Oroville to schedule an appointment. Cost-effective care is also provided to walk-in patients.

It doesn't matter if the pain you're experiencing is new, or you've been dealing with your pain for a long time - the friendly staff at our clinic will do their best to make sure that you have a comfortable and pleasant experience. Our number one priority is to give you the rapid, appropriate care required whenever you're in need.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

Our mission at Orchard Hospital is to provide our community with superior health care. We strive to ensure that your experience at Orchard Hospital is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our priority is to provide you with the care you need when you need it, with skill, compassion, and respect. 

Topics: Pain Management

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