These diseases can cause significant ongoing pain, but you can take steps to lower your risk
Chronic pain is a serious issue for many people. From the feet to the head, persistent pain can disrupt your work, social life, and basic wellbeing. It can also cause you to become less active, which in turn can lead to more pain, creating a seemingly endless cycle.
But there is hope. Let’s explore some of the major causes for chronic pain and what can be done to prevent them:
Back problems are common
According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work, and it’s estimated that around 80% of people will experience a back problem of some kind in their lives. Back issues come in a wide variety of forms, but they can all be extremely painful, some to the point of debilitation. Chronic back pain could be caused by a slipped disc, a pinched nerve, or muscle spasm, as well as many other root causes.
Preventing back pain is just as complex as the causes, but there are some basic things you can do to help avoid it. These include maintaining good posture, keeping a healthy weight, lifting heavy items carefully (and with proper form), and remaining consistently (but not overly) active.
We have all heard of arthritis, but do we know what it means? Arthritis is a catch-all term that refers to joint pain; there are actually over 100 different types, but they can all result in chronic pain. By the age of 85, nearly half of all people will have osteoarthritis (which refers to the breakdown of cartilage and other tissue) in the knees, assesses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s not just elderly, either – 78 million Americans ages 18 and older will be diagnosed with arthritis by 2040.
Arthritis may seem like an unavoidable problem, but there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk. Some things you can’t change, such as your family history; but not smoking, eating healthy, and exercising appropriately can all help you avoid many of the signs and symptoms of arthritis.
Affecting the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves, multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease that causes symptoms ranging from light fatigue to intense pain. While the specific cause of MS is still unknown, the condition disrupts the central nervous system, causing problems with the flow of information to and from the brain. People with MS are generally diagnosed between that ages of 20 to 50 years old.
Currently, there is no way to cure multiple sclerosis, but the pain brought on by the disease can be managed. Doctors recommend that MS sufferers take all of their medications on a regular basis, avoid smoking, and even try relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Inside your wrist, there is a small space called the carpal tunnel. When this tunnel experiences pressure, people often experience persistent pain, popularly known as carpal tunnel syndrome. This disease can cause minor tingling to outright pain, and it’s a common problem among individuals who type on keyboards for a living.
To prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, avoid making repetitive motions with your wrist without a break. Like your back, good posture can prevent pain in your wrists. Avoid overextending wrists, and try to stretch the muscles and keep joints loose.
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