Post-Surgical Pain

Post-surgical pain is common, but there are certain circumstances in which the pain stretches beyond the norm. Regardless of what type of surgery you had, surgical pain is unpleasant, to say the least. In most cases, this type of pain occurs when damage is done to the tissue by the incision, the procedure itself, or closing the wound. With more than 45 million surgical procedures performed in the United States every year, it is estimated that 10 to 50 percent of patients will experience post-surgical pain. Nearly 10 percent of these patients experience chronic pain, which is a serious clinical problem.

What is Post-Surgical Pain?

Post-surgical pain is described as pain that lasts anywhere from three to six months following surgery. It is important to note that this pain is quite different from the pain experienced prior to surgery, as it is usually the result of a surgical injury to the nerves or tissue. Post-surgical pain is characterized by nerve pain, like burning pain, shooting sensation, numbness, or other various changes to physical sensation. While there are a host of risk factors associated with post-surgical pain, in many cases this pain is preventable. At Crescent Pain, we have worked with countless patients suffering from post-surgical pain. Through our many treatments and services, Dr. Shaikh and the rest of our medical staff have helped patients find relief.

Common Types of Surgery Pain

If you are experiencing severe pain in the week or so following surgery, it may be a sign that something more serious is going on. The development of long-term pain is not to be ignored and it is not normal with surgery. While some aches and pains are expected following surgery, if you are experiencing a burning sensation or other pain associated with nerve damage, please contact Crescent Pain Relief today.

Some of the common types of post-surgical pain that we offer treatment for include:

  • Nociceptive Pain

    This is an acute type of pain that occurs when the tissue is damaged, such as muscle, bone, skin, or organs. There are three types of nociceptive pain: superficial somatic pain (pain you feel when you have an injury but improves with healing); deep somatic pain (pain that comes from tissues that are deep within the body, such as ligaments, bones, muscle, and tendons); and visceral pain (pain that radiates from the internal organs).

  • Neuropathic Pain

    This is pain that happens as a result of there being damage to the nerve cells

  • Referred Pain

    Occurs when the brain cannot determine the exact location of the problem.

At Crescent Pain Relief, our doctors understand what you are going through and are here to answer any questions you may have. We believe in working closely with our patients to ensure they not only understand the problem at hand but what can be done about it. We believe in using a wide range of effective therapies and alternative modalities to alleviate this pain and get you back on your feet. To learn more about Dr. Shaikh and his compassionate team of medical experts, please contact Crescent Pain Relief today and ask how we can help eliminate your post-surgical pain.