Chronic Pain Research Clinical Trials
Do you know why clinical trials for chronic pain are so essential? This long-term condition can be managed, but there is still no comprehensive cure available for patients. Clinical trials serve as viable alternatives for people who have not found success through more conventional chronic pain treatments.
Pain is the body’s natural response to injury or other problems. People living with chronic pain may experience pain signals for weeks, months or even years on end. Studies have shown that the symptoms related to this condition can be extremely different from one patient to the next. Some people have only very mild cases that don’t disrupt their daily routine that much. Others must contend with completely debilitating pain that may leave them completely incapacitated.
Chronic Pain Fast Facts
- About one third of Americans will experience chronic pain in their lifetimes
- Sports-related trauma is the most common cause of chronic pain in young adults
- Chronic pain is the leading cause of adult disability in the US
Again, it should be stressed that experiencing some pain (even if it seems unexplainable) is normal. When we are ill or have been injured, this is how the body lets us know that there is something wrong. It’s when the pain persists for at least 3 months that specialists start to label it as a chronic pain.
The symptoms of chronic pain may be isolated to a specific portion of the body, or it can be an all encompassing pain that seems to seep throughout the entire body (one of the most common aspects of fibromyalgia). Some cases may never be severe enough to drive a person to seek medical help, while others may spend their entire lives working to gain just a small measure of control over the pain.
As of yet, there is no real way for specialists to predict who will develop chronic pain. Clinical studies have shown that this medical condition is more common among older adults, but it is not in any way a natural part of getting older. However, adults over 50 are much more likely to be suffering from lower back pain or osteoarthritis (OA), which can produce lasting pain.
What’s the Source of Chronic Pain
Just as the symptoms can differ so much, the exact cause of chronic pain can be extremely different from case to case. The following only represent some of the most common causes of chronic pain:
- Joint pain
- Sinus pain
- Back spasms and aches
- Nerve pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Prior trauma from injury
- Long-term muscle pain
Serious injuries or even infections leave many people combating the effects of lasting pain for the rest of their lives. It’s the single most common cause of chronic pain here in the United States. That being said, there are still many people who suffer from chronic pain in the absence of any identifiable past drama.
The Psychological Toll of Chronic Pain
Unfortunately, the physical toll is not the only thing that patients with chronic pain and their families must contend with. This medical condition also has a significant emotional impact, especially when considering the long-term aspect of managing pain. Studies have shown that not only does the pain induces emotional disorder, but this disorder then subsequently induces even more pain. High levels of stress, anger, and other issues make it much harder to cope with pain.
The best treatment strategies for chronic pain will address the psychological aspects of the condition in addition to the physical symptoms.
Chronic Pain Clinical Trials in Birmingham, AL
Achieve Clinical Research is currently conducting a wide array of clinical studies targeted towards certain conditions. You may be eligible to participate in one of our Alabama chronic pain clinical trials and contribute to the development and approval of a new drug or treatment. As a participant, there is no cost to you at any point during the study and health insurance is not required. Browse our clinical trials being conducted now to find the study best suited for you.
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Additional Resources for Patients with Chronic Pain
If you live around Central Alabama, click here to learn more about participating in a chronic pain clinical trial. Also, our sister site Avail Clinical Research conducts chronic pain clinical trials in DeLand, Florida.