Chronic Pain

Jonah Medical Group

Family Practice & Internal Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA

Nobody’s immune from pain. Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain currently, and without proper treatment, chronic pain can take over your life and make even menial tasks insurmountable. Dr. Edwin Choi at Jonah Medical Group in Los Angeles’ Koreatown is committed to providing you with long-term solutions to managing chronic pain. Call or go online today to book an appointment.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain refers to pain that lasts for long periods of time, typically over six months, as opposed to acute pain, which is spontaneous and temporary. Chronic pain often stems from underlying medical conditions you might not know you have.

Over time, chronic pain can affect every aspect of your life, from getting out of bed from taking a shower to driving yourself to work. It can make the simplest tasks extremely painful or impossible to perform.

People struggling with chronic pain are also prone to psychological disturbances such as depression and anxiety.

What is the cause of chronic pain?

An injury or condition can cause chronic pain such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscle strains
  • Headaches
  • Aging

Though these examples are known causes of chronic pain, it can also come from a variety of other factors, making it difficult for doctors to diagnose it effectively.

In these cases, Dr. Choi provides expert diagnostic care to understand how your nervous system handles stress.

What are the symptoms of chronic pain?

The symptoms of chronic pain are manifold and unique to its cause. However, Dr. Choi has identified the most common symptoms of chronic pain. These include:

  • Burning or shooting pain
  • Stiffness
  • Soreness
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Enduring pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mobility issues
  • Immune system damage

Patients struggling with chronic pain most often feel it in their lower back, feet, and hands.

How do you treat chronic pain?

Dr. Choi has over 20 years of experience in developing the most effective pain-management treatment plans.

Through a combination of therapies, pain medicine, and lifestyle changes, Dr. Choi makes sure that you’re able to live your life with minimal discomfort.

Some treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Wellness activities like yoga and meditation
  • Topical pain-relief creams
  • Heat therapy to slow down nervous pain signals

Chronic pain can take over your life. But you can still have control over when the pain hits and what parts of your daily life it affects. Contact Dr. Choi to learn more about your treatment options.