Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be described as ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury or more than 3 to 6 months, and which adversely affects the individual's wellbeing. Chronic pain can exist as a condition in its own right, or as a component of other long-term conditions.

References:

1. International Association for the Study of Pain. Pain. http://www.iasp-pain.org/Education/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=1698#Pain. Accessed July 1, 2014.

2. DIPEx Charity. What is Chronic Pain. http://www.healthtalkonline.org/disability/Chronic_Pain/Topic/1376/. Accessed Feb. 2, 2013.


Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013
Kenneth Alo', MD
Member, International Neuromodulation Society
Pain Management, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, TX, USA
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:20 AM