Chiropractic and Chronic Pain Management
Most of us have heard the term “Chronic Pain.” So what is chronic pain? Pain that lasts for more than three months is considered chronic.
There are two major non-cancer types of chronic pain:
Musculoskeletal pain, which is related to bones, ligaments, tendons, joints and muscles.
Neuropathic pain, which is felt as a burning sensation or shooting pain, caused by tissue or nerve damage.
Identifying a cause of pain can be difficult but chiropractors are experts at assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders, and they can find the origin and cause of pain.
Commonly, chronic pain can be caused by underlying conditions, such as spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, or inflammatory arthritis. Chiropractors are trained to assess and diagnose musculoskeletal conditions and put together a unique treatment plan for the patient.
Chiropractic is a system of therapy focused on the structure of the body, particularly the spine. Chiropractors manipulate the body’s alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to help the body heal itself. Spinal manipulation is a generic term used for any kind of therapeutic movement of the spine. It often involves the application of quick but strong pressure on a joint between two vertebrae of the spine. In addition to spinal manipulation, a chiropractor may advise you about changing your biomechanics and posture and suggest other treatments.
Chiropractors today often work in conjunction with primary care doctors, pain experts, and surgeons to treat patients with pain.
The ultimate goal of chiropractic is to help relieve pain and help patients better manage their condition at home.