Chronic pain is pain that occurs on a regular basis or that’s persistent and unabated. Chronic pain has a continuing underlying cause that causes or contributes to symptoms, as opposed to acute pain that occurs as a direct result of a specific and immediate injury like a fracture or sprain.
Chronic pain is a common and debilitating medical issue that affects millions of people, and it can have many underlying causes. Some types of persistent and recurring pain are caused by underlying medical conditions like arthritis or spinal conditions sciatica or other issues that cause nerve irritation and compression. Other types of chronic pain can be caused by repetitive use injuries or overuse and strain. And sometimes, the cause of chronic pain is unknown or poorly understood, like the pain associated with fibromyalgia or chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Pain signals are transmitted along nerve pathways that travel from the brain to every other part of the body, which means pain can be very localized or it can radiate or spread to multiple areas.
Chiropractors are skilled in evaluating issues involving the nerves and the musculoskeletal system, relying on a comprehensive review of the patient’s medical history and symptoms, as well as hands-on evaluations and passive and active range-of-motion exercises to pinpoint the source of symptoms. In some cases, diagnostic imaging may be ordered to obtain additional information that can help guide treatment.
That depends on the specific cause of pain. Many patients with chronic pain can be successfully treated with regular chiropractic adjustments aimed at relieving nerve impingements and the irritation and inflammation they can cause. When nerve compressions are relieved, normal nerve signaling can be restored to improve movement and overall function for the relief of both local and widespread symptoms. Plus, chiropractic adjustments combined with massage therapy stimulate circulation and promote lymphatic drainage to reduce inflammation and support natural healing. Chiropractors can also provide patients with guidance to help them prevent painful symptoms, including exercises they can perform at home and help in improving posture and workplace ergonomics.
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