Nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain‑more than those who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Living with pain decreases quality of life, often making it difficult to accomplish activities of daily living. Understanding what causes pain can help improve treatment and reduce suffering. Here are some common causes of pain and treatments, courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
*Arthritis refers to over 100 different conditions ranging from autoimmune disease to normal joint inflammation.
*Recent experiments have uncovered that the body’s own immune system makes unique antibodies to help the most severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis progress.
*Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. Treatment plans often involve both short-term and long-term approaches.
*According to the National Institutes of Health, eight out of ten people will have back pain at some time in their life.
*Over the years, the treatments for back pain changed. Watch Dr. Daniel Sciubba, director of spine research, discusses common spinal problems, treatment options, and common questions.
*Millions of people get crippling headaches, and there are dozens of different headache types, but receiving the right diagnosis is key to getting the right treatment.
*Migraines can be triggered by stress, fatigue, or certain foods — and researchers claim obese patients are five times more likely to develop chronic migraines.
Information courtesy Johns Hopkins Medicine.