A temporary case of acute pain is troublesome and debilitating enough in its own right — but what do you do about a pain that never seems to leave you alone? It’s a question facing some 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain conditions and syndromes. If you’re worried about subjecting yourself to heavy medications or even corrective surgery to ease your misery, you should know about the safe, natural chronic pain management options we can provide here at Back to Mind in Tamarac and Hollywood FL.
What Is Chronic Pain?
The strict definition of chronic pain is pain that continues to bother you for more than 6 months after the initial onset of symptoms. Most cases of acute pain don’t go on this long because they tend to resolve themselves as the underlying infection, injury, or another pain-causing challenge heals. Some of these issues, however, may leave behind internal scarring, nerve impingement, or a misaligned joint that produces recurring or constant pain.
Some types of chronic pain have no known cause. Others are associated with chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia. Degenerative conditions such as herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, arthritis, and spinal stenosis can cause chronic neck or back pain. Chronic tension headaches typically stem from cervical alignment problems that strain the tissues of the neck and the base of the skull.
Chiropractic Care and Other Natural Pain Management Methods
Even there is no known way to resolve your pain once and for all, you can still improve your quality of life dramatically through chronic pain management. Managing your chronic pain doesn’t have to involve the use of risky, mind-addling painkillers, nor does it necessarily mean undergoing serious surgical procedures to fuse vertebrae or remove cartilage. Instead, you can get the chronic pain treatment you need entirely through conservative care, thanks to our chiropractor at Back to Mind, Dr. Abramson. Our clinic can diagnose the underlying causes of your pain and prescribe a customized chronic pain management plan, including such techniques as:
Periodic chiropractic adjustments to optimize joint motion and keep your musculoskeletal alignment in order
Chronic pain normally refers to pain that lasts for more than six months. While the pain may get slightly better or worse based on outside conditions, the root pain stays with the patient. Chronic pain can be caused by a medical condition, injury or the cause may not be known. Finally, chronic pain can affect nearly any part of the body–the determining factor is that it does not go away as acute pain would.
What are the most common causes of chronic pain?
Unfortunately, there are countless causes of chronic pain. Some of the most common include serious injury (such as from work or car accident), serious medical conditions, degenerative conditions like arthritis or chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia. Any issue that causes pain that doesn’t resolve for six months or longer can be a cause of chronic pain.
Why choose chiropractic for chronic pain?
If you are dealing with chronic pain, you may be at a loss with what type of chronic pain doctor to visit for this condition. A chiropractor is an excellent choice. This doctor works with the spine and neck (as well as the muscles and nerves surrounding it) to come treat the pain at its source–instead of just treating it with temporary fixes. For certain chronic pain conditions, chiropractic care is the best chronic pain treatment and can help you begin to feel better more quickly and easily than other treatments.
Are there any side effects of using chiropractic?
There are some side effects reported by SOME patients when they get chiropractic treatment. An adjustment can cause the body to release toxins which can cause nausea, headaches, and dizziness. However, these effects are rare and a good chiropractor will work with you to minimize these effects and help you recover from them quickly and easily.
How many times will I have to see a chiropractor for my chronic pain?
It is impossible to give an exact answer to how often a patient will have to visit his or her chiropractor to resolve a chronic pain problem. The key is consistency and sometimes many visits are needed to completely heal the underlying condition. Your chiropractor should be able to give you a better idea of what type of treatment plan to expect after he or she has seen you for a consultation about your problems.
What chronic pain symptoms and conditions does chiropractic help with?
Many people think that chiropractic is only useful in dealing with back pain. This is far from the truth. While a chiropractor can assist a patient with getting over chronic backaches and neck injuries, this treatment is also useful for migraines, arthritis and other general aches and pains that keep a person from feeling his or her best on a day to day basis. If you are not getting relief from your chronic pain through other treatments, reaching out to a chiropractic chronic pain doctor to see if there are any possible options may be the best step.
What should I do if I have a chronic pain condition?
If you have a chronic pain condition, you should certainly keep in touch with your primary care doctor to make sure all of your medical needs are being cared for. However, a good next step is to contact a chiropractor who has experience with chronic pain treatment in or around Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Hollywood, and Tamarac We invite you to make an appointment at Back to Mind today. With our four convenient locations, we are here to help you work through your pain and live a happy, healthy, pain-free life. Call us today at (954)-986-4559.