Chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than six months, can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. The most common sources of chronic pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches. Other kinds of chronic pain include tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain affecting specific parts of the body, such as the shoulders, pelvis, and neck. Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition.
The emotional toll of chronic pain also can make pain worse. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complex ways with chronic pain and may decrease the body's production of natural painkillers; moreover, such negative feelings may increase the level of substances that amplify sensations of pain, causing a vicious cycle of pain for the person. Even the body's most basic defenses may be compromised:
Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects of the condition.
Psychological treatment focuses on helping an individual to predict their patterns of pain and learn how to manage them by taking pre-emptive actions through the use of strategies and tools so they can continue to live a meaningful life and engage in valued activities.
If you think you might be suffering from chronic pain and would like support to improve the quality of your life, contact SPS via phone, email, or at our office to arrange to meet with one of our trained psychologists for a confidential initial assessment.
No referral is needed to schedule an appointment and SPS accepts most insurance plans and credit cards are accepted
About Strategic Psychological Services
Located in Warwick, Rhode Island Strategic Psychological Services offers adult, child, marriage, and family counseling as well as diagnostic mental health assessments and consultations. Specialty services include parenting classes, weight management programs and treatment for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, addiction and more. Our experienced team of psychologists, clinicians and social workers are here to help.
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