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3901 Nebraska Ave, Suite A
Levittown, PA 19056

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What is Chronic Pain?

Consequences of Pain


Uncontrolled, chronic pain is associated with

  • Negative impact on cognitive function and quality of life
  • Significant psychological and psychosocial issues: Anxiety, depression, feelings of isolation

The physiological consequences of pain impact multiple organ systems, including:

  • Cardiovascular system: Increased heart rate, vascular resistance, blood pressure, or myocardial oxygen demand
  • Endocrine/metabolic system: Weight loss, fever, increases in respiratory and heart rate, or shock
  • Gastrointestinal system: Delayed or increased gastric emptying, constipation, anorexia, ileus
  • Genitourinary system: Abnormal release of hormones resulting in electrolyte imbalances
  • Immune system: Stress of pain may impair immune system resulting in infection
  • Musculoskeletal system: Muscle spasm or impaired muscle mobility and function that cause immobility, weakness, and/or fatigue
  • Respiratory system: Decreased air flow due to involuntary and voluntary mechanisms

Chronic Pain Is often Undertreated

Many pain sufferers do not seek help because they believe nothing can be done


In a recent survey by the American Pain Society of patients with non–cancer-related pain:

  • Only 55% of all patients said that they had their pain under control
  • Less than 40% of those with severe pain felt their pain was under control

To effectively treat these patients, healthcare professionals must have a clear understanding of all the options available for effective pain management.