It is difficult to determine how many people in the United States suffer from chronic pain; statistics from sources such as the Washington Times, St. Petersburg Times, and the Tampa Bay Times place the numbers of chronic pain sufferers between 40 million and 150 million American adults. There is also a wide-range of statistics claiming that millions of chronic pain sufferers go without treatment.
One problem is that pain is subjective; what one individual may judge as excruciating pain another may deem an inconvenience. Additionally, there is no simple blood or DNA testing that can conclusively identify whether or not someone suffers from a pain issue. Chronic pain also suffers from definitive diagnosis criteria, with some qualifying chronic pain as pain lasting beyond 3 months and others defining the diagnosis as seeing symptoms that extend to 12 months or more.
For most pain sufferers the chronic condition can affect everything:
- Job Performance
- Emotional Well-Being
- Personal Relationships
- General Health
Oftentimes those suffering from constant pain turn to medications in order to endure their symptoms on a daily basis. While many medications can help patients withstand their symptoms it can often lead to physical dependence which can lead to abuse or even addiction.
It is important for those who suffer from chronic pain to know that there are other options available to them. One of those options is orthopedic surgery, such as that performed by our specialists at Beverly Oaks Surgery. For those suffering from chronic pain in Los Angeles, Beverly Oaks offers orthopedic surgical procedures
designed to reduce or eliminate the issue of chronic pain.
Orthopedic surgery can be used to help those that suffer from:
- Back Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Knee and Shoulder Issues
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tears in Tendons or Ligaments
- Osteoporosis-Related Injuries
For those suffering from conditions of the musculoskeletal system, orthopedic surgery in Los Angeles from Beverly Oaks Surgery may be the solution for you.
Our specialists will first thoroughly examine and diagnose the symptoms you present. Once the issue has been identified our physicians will go over several treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, to help you choose the appropriate method of medical care that is right for you. Should you decide on a surgical solution there are several options the doctor will present to you. The two most common methods are:
Arthroscopy - This method for diagnosis and treatment involves the use of an arthroscope to view the interior of the joint and examine and fix issues such as damaged cartilage and ligaments. The
advantages of this procedure over typical surgical procedures include:
- Minimally Invasive
- Reduced Recovery Time
- Less Scarring
- Does Not Require Fully Opening the Joint or
The most typical joints that an arthroscopy is used for include the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, foot, and wrist.
Arthroplasty – With this method of treatment the affected joint is repaired through replacement, remodeling, or realignment. In many cases this requires replacement with prosthesis such as polythene or many other materials. In this area our orthopaedic specialists also utilize minimally invasive techniques.