If you are in chronic pain, the physicians and therapists at Cedars-Sinai
Kerlan-Jobe Institute can give you relief. We are a full-service orthopaedic
care facility, with qualified providers in all major orthopaedic specialties
and physical therapy services. Every year, we help thousands of patients
find relief from pain.
What Is Chronic Pain?
Pain that lasts for three months or longer is called "chronic."
This pain is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong.
The cause of chronic pain is not always clear. It may occur because brain
chemicals that usually stop pain after recovery from an illness or injury
are not working properly. Moreover, damaged nerves can also cause pain;
however, chronic pain may exist without any known cause.
Chronic Pain Is Not ‘Normal' & Can Be Treated
It is normal for you to feel pain when you are injured or ill. However,
pain that lasts for weeks, months, or years is not normal. Chronic pain
can also lead to depression over long periods of time. Any chronic pain
should not be ignored—it is important to know that
chronic pain can be successfully treated and managed by a qualified physician.
When Is Chronic Pain Serious Enough to Call Your Doctor?
- Your pain has lasted more than three months without a clear reason.
- You are feeling down or are not enjoying the activities or hobbies that
you have enjoyed in the past. You may be experiencing depression, which
commonly occurs alongside chronic pain.
- You are unable to sleep because of the pain.
- You had an illness or injury that healed, but the pain has not gone away.
- You have a family member or friend who appears to be suffering from chronic
pain, and you would like information about treatment.