Pain Management

Causes

About four out of five older adults live with at least one common chronic condition that causes pain, such as:

  • Joint diseases (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Diabetic neuropathy (damaged nerves caused by diabetes)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers or other skin problems
  • Shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia (persistent pain that follows an episode of shingles)
  • Oral or dental problems
  • Poor blood circulation (peripheral vascular disease)
  • Post-stroke syndrome
  • Cancer 
  • Muscle diseases
  • Bone conditions (osteoporosis, fractures)
  • Inflammatory diseases of the blood vessels or joints (temporal arteritis)

Updated: March 2017