Roughly 8 out of 10 people suffer from back pain at some point during their lives.
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With this in mind, here are 5 things to know about chronic pain that you can share with your loved ones:
People with chronic pain are often treated as if they are making up (or at least exaggerating) their pain. But the truth is that all pain is real, even if there is no known cause. Additionally, almost all people with chronic pain want nothing more than to be pain-free.
So what your friend or family member needs from you is your support and kindness, not condemnation. Statements like “Get over it” or “It can’t be that bad” don’t accomplish anything other than to discourage those with chronic pain.
Thankfully, there is an increasing consensus in the medical community that all chronic pain is real, and that it needs to be treated even if there is no known cause.
Chronic pain issues often leads to long-term lack of physical activity and a condition recognized as disuse syndrome. This syndrome can negatively impact your musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, psychological, and emotional processes. At its worst, disuse syndrome leads to a pervasive lack of wellness that in and of itself can be debilitating.
Of note, disuse syndrome can both perpetuate and increase the likelihood of chronic pain worsening over time.
Chronic pain can create a troubling cycle when it comes to sleep. That is, chronic pain can make it harder to sleep, and in turn a lack of sleep can make chronic pain worse.
Common sleep-related problems caused by chronic pain issues include an inability to fall asleep, constantly waking up at night, and not feeling refreshed upon waking up in the morning. Because of the close connection between sleep problems and chronic pain, the two need to be treated together.
Every person’s experience of pain is different. For example, two people may have the same condition, and one may display no ill-effects, while the other may be incapacitated. When it comes to back pain, this is especially true. Two people can have the same type of herniated disc, but one feels only slight discomfort and the other feels burning, debilitating sciatic pain.
There are a number of possible reasons for this, including individual physiology, a person’s upbringing, etc.
Often times, when a person with chronic pain is smiling or having a “good day,” people assume that the person is not experiencing pain. However, this is not necessarily the case.
It is important to recognize that a person can be happy and at the same time be experiencing pain. So be careful to not assume that a friend or loved one is “healed” simply because they seem to be enjoying themselves.
There are so many secondary and related issues that accompany chronic pain issues that it would be a real challenge to address them all. This list is intended to at least get the conversation started—and for anyone living with any type of chronic pain, please pass this along to your loved ones to help them better understand and support you.
If you have chronic pain, you may also find it does you a world of good to have increased emotional support, more effective and sustainable pain management, and even possibly harnessing the power of your mind to assist in coping with the pain.
As seen on Spine-Health: http://www.spine-health.com/blog/5-things-you-should-know-about-chronic-pain
It can be difficult to know where to go for help when you are in pain with mild injuries, soft tissue damage, whiplash, back and neck pain, headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel, and sports injuries. Should you see an Orthopedic doctor, physical therapist or chiropractor for your musculoskeletal pain?
A physical medicine office that offers all these specialties is not only a great choice for providing the relief you need, but having all these services at one location can offer a unique advantage over other healthcare facilities.
Eastside Medical Group, serving Cleveland, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, and surrounding communities, is your one-stop location offering Orthopedic, Chiropractic, and Physical Medicine!
Identifying the cause of your pain is the first step to solving it, therefore a proper diagnosis is essential to create an effective treatment plan. A diagnosis allows you to find the correct treatment, and to rule out more serious disease processes.
Which health specialty is best to go to for an initial diagnosis? Both medical doctors and chiropractors are licensed to diagnose and trained to be primary care physicians. They can provide an initial diagnosis, make treatment recommendations, and, if needed, will refer to other specialists, including oncologists, neurologists, and rheumatologists.
However, if you believe your pain is coming from a structural imbalance, muscle, ligament, soft tissue pain, etc, then it is to your advantage to see a doctor of chiropractic. Both specialties are trained to diagnose all disease, both internal and structural, so if your back pain is coming from a kidney infection, a chiropractor will have no problem catching it.
Did you know?
The fact that chiropractors are trained to be primary care physicians may come as a surprise, as there is often misunderstanding about their role in health care.
Chiropractic doctors receive eight years of training, just as medical doctors do. Both receive a similar education in their first two years of medical education, but in the second two years, their clinical training diverges. A medical degree emphasizes internal medicine, surgery, and pharmaceuticals, where a chiropractic degree emphasizes physical medicine, physical therapy, adjusting, and nutrition. Both are trained extensively in radiology and diagnostic imaging, so they can provide you with x-rays when needed, interpret MRI’s and CT scans.
A diagnosis is important, but having right treatment is the key to seeing results. Many times individual treatments offer good results but by combining the conservative treatment options you will see GREAT results. Focusing on these unique treatment plans allow the patient to experience pain relief and in many cases prevent surgery.
Whenever possible, try conservative therapies first. If conservative therapy is not an option, then our Orthopedic Physician and Chiropractor will refer you out accordingly.
Many are not needed. Surgeries are permanent, often over utilized, and can create new complications. You can always try conservative therapy first and then try surgery later, but you cannot do the reverse. Most musculoskeletal pain will respond well to adjustments, physical therapy (physiotherapy), bracing and trigger point injections.