Conditions and Causes of Pain
Understanding is the first step toward relief
Chronic pain can greatly limit one’s quality of life. The pain itself can range from irritating to severely debilitating, interfering with or even preventing daily functioning or favorite activities. But the emotional effects of living with pain can be profound. Depression, stress and anxiety are all potential side effects of living with pain. At Balcones Pain Consultants, we believe in demystifying chronic pain as much as possible for our patients by empowering them with understanding about their condition. Armed with knowledge about available treatment options, as well as conditions that cause pain, patients can make informed choices to improve their health and wellbeing.
Some people deal with long-term chronic pain and never receive a proper diagnosis, making treatment elusive at best. If you are still searching for a diagnosis, you’ve come to the right place. Pain, and especially chronic pain, can be mysterious and difficult to identify. Too many doctors fail to listen closely to a patient’s symptoms or consider emotional as well as physical and medical factors when forming a diagnosis. That’s where the specialists at Balcones Pain Consultants come in. Our compassionate providers are experts at determining the underlying conditions and causes of pain of all varieties, felt in any area of the body. Through close listening, thorough examination and a careful evaluation of all factors involved, we can identify the conditions and causes of pain in order to come up with a plan for treatment.
Common Conditions and Causes of Pain
Pain can be felt throughout the body and can be caused by any number of underlying conditions. General pain can result from conditions including arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and neuropathy (damaged or abnormally functioning nerves).
Since the trunk is a large area of interconnected bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments that all work together to move and stabilize the whole body, the back is a very common area for stiffness and pain. Arthritic conditions, osteoporosis and ankylosing spondylitis, along with herniated discs and other problems with the spine, can all cause or contribute to back pain.
The abdomen and pelvis, being part of the trunk, are two other common areas for several different varieties of pain. Abdominal or pelvic pain may stem from a chronic condition such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or endometriosis, or an acute condition like appendicitis, kidney stones or a gall bladder attack. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are still common but more severe causes of abdominal and pelvic pain. Pelvic pain can also stem from reproductive organ problems including ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease and pelvic organ prolapse.
Arm, Leg, Hand and Foot Pain Conditions and Causes
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, bursitis and tendinitis can all cause pain in the limbs, knees or the extremities (the hands and feet). Injuries, such as bone breaks or fractures, muscle strains or ligament tears, can also cause acute pain in the limbs, hands or feet. Shoulder and elbow dislocations can also cause intense pain at the dislocation site. Runners are prone to certain leg and foot pain conditions such as iliotibial (IT) band syndrome and plantar fasciitis. Anyone whose weight, work or lifestyle can contribute to repetitive stress injuries may be prone to pain in the legs and feet. Peripheral neuropathy and other nerve damage conditions can also cause pain in the feet, hands, legs or arms.
Head, Face and Neck Pain
Chronic headaches, including migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches, are a common cause of head pain. Pain in the head and face can also result from neuralgia and other abnormal functioning of the nerves, along with myofascial pain syndrome or TMJ. Neck pain can result from whiplash or other injuries, or from degenerative conditions or nerve damage within the cervical spine.
Learn More About Specific Pain Causes and Conditions:
- Abdominal Pain Causes and Conditions
- Arm Pain Causes and Conditions
- Back Pain Causes and Conditions
- Foot Pain Causes and Conditions
- General Pain Causes and Conditions
- Hand Pain Causes and Conditions
- Head and Facial Pain Causes and Conditions
- Hip Pain Causes and Conditions
- Knee Pain Causes and Conditions
- Leg Pain Causes and Conditions
- Neck Pain Causes and Conditions
- Pelvic Pain Causes and Conditions
Whatever the cause of your pain, and wherever in your body your symptoms are felt, Balcones Pain Consultants will take a compassionate approach to diagnosing the underlying condition. This will allow us to develop an individualized treatment plan to restore your health and quality of life.