Chronic pain is classified into two major types. The first is musculoskeletal (MSK) pain which is related to the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and the second is nerve pain or neuropathic pain often felt as a burning sensation or shooting pain that is caused directly by nerve or tissue damage. In its most simplistic form pain is defined as being chronic if it persists for at least three months. If you have been experiencing pain for three months or more then you definitely have chronic pain that must be dealt with immediately.
Many people wonder just how common chronic pain is in the Canadian population. A 2011 study from Queen’s University, conducted a study in which they assessed the prevalence of chronic pain in the Canadian population by asking the simple question “Are you usually free of pain or discomfort?” Their findings pinpointed that chronic pain affects 55% of the Canadian population. Furthermore, they found that patients primarily reported having pain in their back, joints or head, whether it was from MSK conditions or other underlying conditions. It is important to know that pain in these areas can be directly caused by a trauma or physical event such as a car accident or a slip and fall. But, it is crucial to know that most often the pain is presented as non-specific or without a definitive underlying cause. However, the large variety of underlying structural and/or mechanical causes can be specifically addressed though proper conservative care.
Time for the good news! Chronic pain sufferers have available care at their fingertips! Conservative care, including chiropractic, alleviates both acute and chronic symptoms as well as correcting a variety of underlying mechanical dysfunctions and further recommending exercises to keep the body moving. A 2012 U.S. study following 272 neck-pain patients for over 12 weeks randomly assigned participants to one of three groups: 91 to the spinal manipulation therapy group, 90 to the medication group, and 91 to the home exercise group. After analyzing the results, they found that patients receiving chiropractic treatment in combination with exercise for chronic pain were twice as likely to become pain-free than those receiving medication. Most importantly, this clearly identifies the benefits of receiving the proper chiropractic treatment instead of relying on medication. In addition, the results presented are encouraging as they provide an option for chronic pain sufferers who prefer not to take medication to manage their pain.
In sum, regular chiropractic care is vital towards alleviating any sort of chronic pain. Chiropractic care, as part of the healthcare system, plays a vital role in both the assessment and management of chronic pain related to MSK conditions. As time proceeds, so does the abundance of studies providing evidence of effective relief of chronic pain directly through chiropractic treatment. If you are suffering from chronic pain and want immediate relief take the next step and book an appointment!
So if you or loved are suffering from Chronic Pain please make sure that the spine is evaluated as soon as possible as it is a likely source and could be contributing to the symptoms of chronic pain.
And remember make posture a priority and not a liability!
Need help with Chronic Pain then please give us a call at 604-535-7373 or book online at https://injoylife.ca/contact-us/Posted on: September 30, 2018Tom Burge