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Teaming Up to Manage Chronic Pain

There are two basic kinds of physical pain experienced by the human body— acute and chronic. Acute is that which you experience from injury and illness that eventually goes away on its own or as the result of therapy or medical treatment. Chronic pain is generally defined as that which lasts for at least three months, and for some sufferers, unfortunately, for years and even throughout one’s life.

Chronic pain that cannot be conquered may be eased by prescription drugs which often lead to side effects that may eventually be as overwhelming as the pain itself and too often addictive physically, mentally and emotionally. It commonly leads to depression and anxiety, which opens the door for other medications. Then the patient is dealing with multiple layers of treatment that too often conflict with each other and complicate the pathway to managing chronic pain.

Chronic pain may not be ever-present. It can come and go, bringing periods of welcome relief, only to return much too soon to interfere with those basic pleasures of life, which include normal daily activities and healthful, healing sleep. Sleep deprivation itself leads to a weakened immunity that combats colds, flu and other communicable illnesses.

No part of the human body is exempt from chronic pain, and the causes are as varied as its impacts on your life, whether on the home front or in your work performance and career goals.  Among the most common causes of chronic pain are familiar to those practitioners who are dedicated to helping you gain as much control as possible of the chronic pain in your life. These conditions and causes include:

√ back pain

√ muscle pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia

√ joint pain instigated by the likes of osteoarthritis, the most common cause of chronic joint pain, as well as autoimmune diseases, bursitis and bone cancer

√ headaches and migraines

√ neck pain that may be caused by spinal stenosis, pinched nerves and herniated discs

√ traumatic brain injury and other forms of mental stress

We do know that chronic pain is endured by an estimated 50 million Americans— slightly more than the combined populations of California and New Jersey. It is the most common cause of disability among adults in the United States.

There is no reason to abandon all hope of normalcy, because chronic does not mean unmanageable. It’s not just about covering up the pain but in managing it while dealing with the root cause. There are pain management physicians who specialize in doing this, and their approaches do not exclude nontraditional treatment which, according to the American Chronic Pain Association, “also use a variety of other modalities including chiropractic care, alternative treatments such as acupuncture” with “a focus on minimally invasive surgery wherever possible.” The Cleveland Clinic, in a report on managing chronic pain, states “the most effective approach is a combination of medications, therapies and lifestyle changes.”

Montvale Sport + Spine offers a customized comprehensive care package that combines our medical team, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and other noninvasive approaches that assist patients in managing the chronic pain in their lives.

 

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