Chronic pain no longer functions as a warning signal. It has taken on an independent existence and has become useless.
Often the original cause of the pain has long gone away or it is due to persistent causes, such as cancer, arthritis or nerve damage.
It is therefore also described as an actual pain disease.
Even in cases where it is not possible to remedy the cause of the pain, it is possible to switch off the pain pathway and to offer the person concerned the opportunity to enjoy a better quality of life.
Chronic pain is divided into neuropathic and nociceptive. This distinction is important in choosing the right treatment method.
Neuropathic pain is triggered by damage to the nerve tissue. The nature of the pain is often burning or stabbing, often radiating from the arm or leg. A typical example is pain from a "trapped nerve.
This type of pain generally responds well to radio frequency therapy.
Stimulation of the spinal cord may also prove successful.