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When Does Pain Become a Pain Disorder?

By James Fricton, DDS MS

Severe, prolonged pain can significantly interfere with an individual’s ability to function and enjoy everyday life.

Pain disorders are the top reason to seek care, the #1 cause of disability and opioid addiction, and the primary driver of healthcare utilization, costing more than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Many people experience chronic pain disorders. This can including people with jaw, neck and back, shoulder joint pain, and many other sorts of aches and pains. Chances are that you have been told at some point in your life that you have some type of pain problem and in some cases, you may have been told that there is little help for your pain. But how accurate are these ideas about chronic pain? What is the role of a health professional in treating a pain disorder?

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