Any injury to the skin, nerves, or spine can lead to chronic pain that interrupts your daily life. Studies show that most American adults have experienced pain from time to time for one reason or another. The National Health Interview Survey found that 40 million Americans experience severe levels of pain almost every day, while others deal with chronic or mild pain. There are ways to reduce or eliminate severe or chronic pain if you have the right natural treatments. Use this information to find out why you have chronic pain and tips to reduce that pain so you can get back to your life!
Chronic Pain: Why Does It Happen?
The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that more than 100 million Americans struggle with chronic pain. That pain generally comes from chronic conditions, injuries and ailments that worsen over time. Major chronic conditions that cause chronic pain include diabetes (about 25.8 million Americans), heart disease (16.3 million), stroke (7 million) and cancer (11.9 million).
Conditions such as these cause organs and tissues to get less oxygen and blood circulation, which also means you don’t get nutrients to cells that need them. The body often fights back against illness in the body by causing inflammation, which fills areas of the body and causes swelling. That extra fluid can cause a breakdown in tissues, joints, muscles and more over time, which definitely causes chronic pain.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Intense, chronic pain is a signal that something needs to be done NOW to stop the pain from happening. Because pain is uncomfortable, it helps people to seek treatment for their pain instead of letting their bodies fall into a worse state of health.
Common Causes of Chronic Pain
Every single patient is different, and will have chronic pain for various reasons. However, there are some very common degenerative or chronic conditions that are seen quite often. These will have accompanying levels of pain. Common causes of chronic pain in our patients include:
- Degenerative conditions. These can happen due to age, lifestyle, or secondary illnesses. A common one is degenerative disc disease, which is also known as arthritis. Chronic pain in a few joints or all the joints can happen as cartilage breaks down and bones grind together.
- Neuropathy. This is an umbrella term for nerve damage or defect This means there is a defect or some type of damage in one or more of your nerves, which causes neuropathy symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and/or weakness. Chronic pain happens in many patients as well, especially with movement
- Pinched nerves. These can happen with sports, by bending or turning wrong, by lifting something heavy, or from activities such as overexertion in sports and exercise. There are many ways to pinch a nerve. If you do, you’ll know it because you will have chronic pain.
- Spinal compression, misalignment or injury. These spinal issues often cause chronic pain. The back carries the weight of your body. It is easy for the back to build up too much pressure to the joints, muscles, nerves, or bones and for you to experience pain. You can easily herniate a disc, have a compressed nerve, or more that is causing you pain.
- Car accidents and sports. Both of these cause thousands of people injury and pain each year.
- Hereditary issues. Arthritis, scoliosis, lupus and many other conditions are genetic. If you have a history of those conditions, get yourself tested early.
How We Combat Chronic Pain
You don’t have to do intense surgical procedures or treatments to get rid of pain. In centuries past, people used natural methods to deal with pain and injuries, and they worked. Natural methods still work today and are things we use in our office. Our non-narcotic pain management therapies are ones that help boost your circulation, oxygen to tissues and healing. Some of those treatments include:
- Chiropractic Care – We incorporate traditional hands-on chiropractic treatments and state-of-the-art technology to boost your body’s inherent recuperative abilities. We realign your body using gentle manipulations and adjustments to your body’s muscular, nervous and skeletal system. This helps reduce problems from subluxations, slipped discs and vertebral misalignment.
- Neuropathy Treatment – Many patients have damaged nerves that cause neuropathy symptoms such as numbness and tingling. Our neuropathy treatments seek to help circulation, nutrient flow and more to aid damaged nerves.
- Nutritional Assessment – Nutritional deficiencies could be the cause of many symptoms and ailments. We can assess your current dietary regimen and discover what nutrients you’re not getting enough of. This assessment involves simple tests and changes to your diet, but the results can completely change your life!
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – When a muscle or bone is injured, patients need to undergo careful stretching and training as it heals. We provide you professional training to heal your body as quickly as possible.
- Vibration Exercises and Rehabilitation – With whole-body vibration, you stand, sit or lie on a machine that sends dozens of muscle-toning vibrations throughout your body. These vibrations speed healing to an injury, reverse muscle atrophy and strengthen the body in just a few minutes.
- Posture Rehabilitation and Balance Training – Muscles need the correct strength and balance to support your skeletal system and joints. We help you have better posture, alignment and increased strength to combat fatigue, muscle weakness and other problems.
Don’t let chronic pain keep you from enjoying life. Call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087 and see how quickly we can help you with your chronic pain!