Chronic pain affecting the back, neck and other parts of the body can range from irritating to debilitating. It may affect only one side of the body, or it may involve the entire region. If you are dealing with chronic pain, you already know what a negative impact it can have on a person’s overall quality of life. Your pain is ruling everything in your life from your job performance to your relationship with loved ones. If you are dealing with constant pain, take heart. There are treatment options available at Apponaug Chiropractic Center that can help you.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain has multiple causes that can include any of the following:
• Muscle spasms
• Degenerative disc disease
• Spondylolisthesis – a condition in which one vertebra slides over another one
• Lumbar spinal stenosis – abnormal narrowing of the lower back’s spinal canal
• Back or neck injury
What are the Symptoms?
Chronic pain may involve:
• Pain in the lower, middle or upper back
• Pain in the hips
• Pain in the leg or buttock that becomes worse when the patient is sitting
• Shooting pain that makes standing up or sitting down difficult
• Persistent pain in the neck
• Tingling or burning sensations
• Numbness, weakness or trouble moving certain body parts
How is Chronic Pain Treated?
In severe cases, surgery may be recommended. However, many cases of chronic pain can be treated through non-surgical chiropractic techniques, such as chiropractic adjustments and the Thompson Drop technique, depending on the situation. We may also recommend various home remedies and over-the-counter pain relievers. Oftentimes, various stretching exercises are incorporated into these customized treatment plans.
It is important to understand that treatment for chronic pain is not one-size-fits-all, and it sometimes takes a trial-and-error approach before a treatment is shown to be effective. We may use a combination approach, or we may find that just one technique is alleviating your symptoms.
Once the patient is over the worst of their pain, we may recommend physical therapy to help prevent further problems. A physical therapist will help the patient strengthen their back and increase their flexibility. Physical therapy is often especially helpful if the patient’s pain was caused by an injury.
If you are dealing with chronic pain, make an appointment at Apponaug Chiropractic Center to learn more about your treatment options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Warwick!