Pain alone is not a medical condition; it is a symptom that alerts the body of a bigger problem by sending signals to the brain through the nervous system. In many cases, this is an acute problem, meaning that it will last temporarily until the source of pain is treated. Alternatively, chronic pain is an ongoing problem that persists in spite of traditional medical care. Chronic pain is a complex issue that requires ongoing care to manage. Here is a closer look at the qualities of chronic pain to help you understand when a long-term problem has developed and requires chiropractic intervention:
- Duration of symptoms: Chronic pain is characterized by a time frame of three to six months. If pain has been persistent for this period of time, you should talk to your physician about alternative ways to alleviate any discomfort so that you can return to your normal routine.
- Impact on daily life: Along with feelings of soreness, pain, and stiffness, people suffering from chronic pain can experience lower immune health, fatigue, and insomnia. Depression is also common in patients with chronic pain; as performing regular activities becomes a greater challenge for the body, sufferers tend to become isolated and withdrawn.
- Response to treatment: While acute pain will generally improve with rest and pain medication, chronic pain requires more comprehensive care to manage. In fact, the use of drugs to relieve chronic pain is not ideal, as patients can easily form a dependency on these medications. Patients seeking relief from chronic pain should opt for alternative therapies that will help rebuild strength and flexibility while improving the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
If you are dealing with the daily challenges of chronic pain, do not let this condition run your life for a single day longer. Seek relief from Peterson Chiropractic in Manhattan by scheduling a consultation online or calling (212) 242-3210.