Everybody has experienced physical pain at one point of their life whether it is derived from an injury, surgery, disease or medical condition. However when this pain continues to persist and affects your daily life and your general health, treatment must take place. Pain that exceeds more than three months is classified as chronic pain. Experiencing pain increases as you age and women are more likely to be in pain than men. Pain in the leg, neck, head and back are the most severe with the most commonly reported pain being in the back.

Your personal outlook on life and your coping strategies will be influential to your quality of life and your pain will decrease if you have sufficient self management skills. In conjunction with this, the best strategy to manage pain is pain-killing medications and complementary therapies. The medication you take is dependant on the location, type and intensity of pain. Furthermore your doctor will need to know if your pain affects your lifestyle such as sleep and appetite or if any activities worsen it.

Complementary therapies have been found to help immensely with managing the pain and include massage, cognitive-behavioral therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), acupuncture and relaxation techniques such as yoga and mediation.

Unfortunately chronic pain can sometimes not be eased. If this is the case, you may need to accept your situation and focus on your physical fitness, diet, social life, rewarding activities, researching your disease to curb fear and seek advice from an occupational therapist. This will increase your quality of life. The best strategy to manage pain is pain-killing medications or muscle relaxants such as soma.