Diagnosis of Chronic Pain Syndrome
Chronic pain syndrome is a debilitating condition involving persistent pain. Discover how chronic pain neurofeedback can help.
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What Is Chronic Pain Syndrome?
It is only natural to search for relief when you are experiencing discomfort. However, chronic pain is distinct from temporary or acute pain. Acute pain comes on suddenly and goes away relatively quickly, while chronic pain persists for weeks, months, or even years. It can interfere with work, relationships, and quality of life. Many factors can cause chronic pain, including injuries, surgery, cancer, arthritis, and headaches. Around 25% of people with chronic pain eventually develop chronic pain syndrome.1
Is Chronic Pain Syndrome a Real Diagnosis?
Can Chronic Pain Syndrome Be Cured?
There is no cure for CPS, but there are treatments that can help lessen the pain and improve one’s quality of life. The key is to work with the doctor to find a well-suited treatment plan.
How to Diagnose Chronic Pain Syndrome
- When did the pain start?
- Where is your pain?
- What does the pain feel like?
- How intense is it, on a scale of zero to ten?
- What makes it worse or better?
- Have any treatments relieved it?
Key Diagnostic Factors
- Physical comorbidity
- Duration of pain
- Radiating pain
- Morning stiffness in joints
- Psychological comorbidity
- Previous history of acute pain episodes
Tests Used to Diagnose Chronic Pain
One of the essential steps in diagnosing chronic pain is identifying the source of the pain. To do this, doctors will often order a variety of tests to rule out other conditions and pinpoint the source of the pain. Standard tests used to diagnose chronic pain include:
- Blood tests
- Electromyography to test muscle activity
- Imaging tests
- Reflex and balance tests
- Spinal fluid tests
- Urine tests
Neurofeedback and Chronic Pain Management
Neurofeedback is a type of therapy that uses electrical signals from the brain to help people focus and learn how to control their thoughts and actions. The therapy can treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, addiction, sleep disorders, and migraines. It is also used to improve cognitive function and relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Does Neurofeedback Work for Chronic Pain?
How to Use Neurofeedback for Chronic Pain Syndrome
- Set goals for treatment
- Measuring brain wave activity
- Train the brain with positive feedback
- Repeat training
Effects of Neurofeedback in the Management of Chronic Pain
Contact J. Flower Health Institute for Help With Chronic Pain
J. Flower Health Institute offers a comprehensive chronic pain program tailored to meet each individual’s needs. The first step in our program is to assess the severity of the pain and determine the best course of treatment.
The next step is to create a customized treatment plan that may include medications, physical therapy, and other modalities. The program aims to relieve chronic pain and improve the quality of life for those suffering from it.
J. Flower Health Institute has a team of experienced and compassionate staff dedicated to helping patients find relief from their chronic pain. If you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain, please contact us for help.