Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is just downright unpleasant, both emotionally and sensationally. Chronic pain persists over a long period of time, generally longer than 12 weeks, and is resistant to most medical treatments. Many doctors may even tell you that there is "nothing wrong." Though the types of pain are endless, the most common ones include: back pain, arthritis, headaches, muscle pain, sciatica, sports injuries, and fibromyalgia. Chronic pain can be frustrating because no test can measure the intensity of pain and no scan can show pain, which leaves many questions unanswered and the problem remains unsolved.

Did you know...

The United States is in the midst of an Opioid Epidemic. 91 Americans die each day from an Opioid overdose. A Physical Therapist who specializes in the treatment of Chronic Pain and Spinal Conditions can effectively evaluate and treat your pain.

Injury Overview

1
CAUSES

Chronic pain can be caused by a multitude of factors. Aging, disease, injuries that did
not heal properly, and nerve damage are just a few of the possibilities that could contribute to
chronic pain.

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TYPICAL TREATMENT

It is imperative to treat the cause and not just the signs and symptoms. Many times, in order to manage Chronic Pain, it is necessary to utilize a multidisciplinary approach in order to ensure the best opportunity for success. The team should consist of a Medical Doctor, Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, Psychologist, and Nutritionist. The MD will be able to run all of the necessary diagnostics and will make sure the pain is being managed pharmaceutically. The Physical Therapist, who specializes in manual therapy, will look at the quality and quantity of movement, impairments and will determine which tissue is the pain producer which is making it very difficult for the patient to function. A Chiropractor will be able to make sure the alignment is being restored to the spine and the nerves can move and function in an ideal manner. A Psychologist will be able to address the psychological effects of pain on the person's life. They will also be able to help with stress management and will be educating the patient on the negative effects of stress on the entire body. A Nutritionist will be able to assess and evaluate an individual's diet to make sure they are eating the right nutrients for tissue repair and avoid foods which might feed inflammation.

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HOW TO PREVENT IT

Preventing chronic pain comes down very simply to treating the pain correctly before it becomes chronic. Once pain is in a chronic state, it takes vastly longer to get back out of it.

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