Modern-day life isn’t always a slice of cake. Many of us are extremely busy, rushing around, taking kids to soccer practice, commuting to and from work, with barely any time for rest, relaxation, and self-care. It can be both challenging and exhausting. For people who suffer from chronic pain, life is even tougher. Over time, nagging, daily pain can have a ripple effect in other areas of your life.
Here are three ways that pain can affect your overall health.
Pain affects behaviors
Even a relatively mild form of pain – like a headache – can put a damper on one’s mood. People are less inclined to participate in social gatherings, celebrations, or engage in types of behaviors that they would normally. When chronic pain patients withdraw from the people and activities they once engaged in daily, it can impact their overall mental health. If left untreated, chronic pain can lead to serious depression, substance abuse, and other self-harming behaviors. A study that examined more than 1200 chronic pain patients determined that 61% had depression, with more than half of those classified as severely depressed.
Pain can affect your ability to work
Chronic pain poses a big economic burden on society both in terms of medical care as well as lost productivity. In fact, pain is estimated to cost society as much as $635 billion – more than cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Pain can limit your physical activity
Mobility is a key quality of life indicator. When someone is experiencing chronic pain, it can make it very difficult to remain active, especially for seniors. This, in turn, makes everything worse, because maintaining physical activity is an important component of managing pain as well as health and wellbeing.
Don’t surrender yourself to a life of pain. At Pain Stop North Phoenix, we employ a number of innovative medical and physical treatments that not only treat the source of the pain but help to avoid it in the future. Using non-opioid or surgical treatments, our patients can get back to the life they love with minimal downtime away from work and their families. We give our patients the tools they need to take control of their health and find long-lasting relief from chronic pain. To book a free consult with our team, contact us today.