Chronic Pain

Flash Gordon, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Ross Valley Medical

Flash Gordon, MD

Primary Care Physician & Medical Aesthetics Center located in Greenbrae, CA

Around 28 million Americans suffer from chronic debilitating pain, causing loss of productivity and lower quality of life. Ross Valley Medical: flash gordon m.d. in Greenbrae, California, treats pain and educates you on the cause of your condition and what you might do to fix it. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment and start treatment today.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Pain is an unpleasant sensation, but it’s a normal response of your body alerting you to a possible injury. Acute pain of this nature comes on suddenly but, with treatment, it goes away as your body heals.

Chronic pain, however, persists over a long period of time and doesn’t respond to most medical treatments.

What are the symptoms of chronic pain?

Physical symptoms of chronic pain include:

  • Tense muscles
  • Limited mobility
  • Burning pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Insomnia

Chronic pain can lead to increased levels of stress, which raises your chances of developing life-altering conditions like heart disease and hypertension. It can also weaken your body’s immune system and make you more susceptible to infections.

Chronic pain is also known to cause emotional issues, like:

  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Fear of re-injury

Mental complications often cause patients to become withdrawn and isolated, which further exacerbates the issue and slows down their recovery process.

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain is caused by many different factors.

Getting old

Aging and the natural degeneration of your bones, muscles, and joints are common causes of chronic pain. Back pain is a common example.

Injury

Past acute, chronic, or repetitive injuries haven’t healed or caused nerve damage can result in chronic pain years after the injury. Some patients may also be left with pain after the initial problem heals.

Disease

Diseases like arthritis and fibromyalgia are well-known underlying causes of chronic pain.

You’re also at a greater risk of developing chronic pain if you’re depressed, smoke, are obese, or are over the age of 65.

How do you treat chronic pain?

Ross Valley Medical: flash gordon m.d. provides a multi-pronged approach to treating chronic pain. Each treatment begins with a physical exam and a discussion of your medical history. Dr. gordon asks questions about your pain, like when it started, what it feels like, where it’s located, and how bad it is.

If your chronic pain is the result of an underlying condition like arthritis, Dr. gordon addresses the issue. He may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation in your joints and relieve the resulting pain. He may also suggest various lifestyle changes you can make to improve your arthritis symptoms, as well as targeted physical therapy. 

Dr. gordon also offers behavioral therapy to help patients dealing with the emotional fallout of having constant chronic pain. Talk therapy is effective in boosting your mood and helps you get moving if you’ve been less mobile because you fear getting hurt again.

The practice is also a licensed prescriber of buprenorphine, such as SUBOXONE® Film, a powerful anti-pain medication that helps those with severe chronic pain who have become dependent on opioids. 

Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment and treat your chronic pain today.