And What You SHOULD Do to Make Your Pain Go Away
The human body can experience two different types of pain:
- Acute Pain—A normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to a possible injury and the need to take care of it.
- Chronic Pain—Pain that persists without stopping. The pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, and even years. Sometimes the pain even after and injury is healed.
Acute pain generally goes away once the initial injury is fully healed. However, chronic pain continues seemingly without end. Those suffering chronic pain often experience it in these areas:
- Low back pain
- Arthritis pain
- Neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself)
- Psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside or outside the nervous system).
In their efforts to try to alleviate their chronic pain, many sufferers make five common mistakes.
Mistake 1—They take out stock in heating pad companies.
In other words, they treat their areas of pain with lots of heat. At first glance, this makes sense as heat relaxes muscles. It stimulates blood flow, relaxes spasms, and soothes sore muscles. Heat can be applied either locally or systemically.
Local heat is applied to a specific area with a:
- hot water bottle
- heating pad
- moist heat (hot, damp towel)
- heat wraps
Systemic heat raises your overall body temperature via:
- hot bath or shower
- steam bath
Unfortunately, heat does not help all injuries, especially chronic pain! Using heat therapy is not a substitute for a medical evaluation and treatment.
Mistake 2—They think surgery is the ONLY answer to fixing chronic pain
Many patients think that surgery is their only option for success. They believe their problems are so systemic that literally a new system needs to be created. At Pivotal Health, our doctors and nurses try to avoid surgery because it doesn’t treat the root source of what caused the pain in the first place. Additionally, surgery may also cause injury in other ways. It could permanently damage the patient’s ability to perceive other sensations such as light touches or temperature changes. Surgery has also been known to cause new, and different pains to occur.
Mistake 3—They think that prescription medicines can fix anything
Again, although prescription medicines can temporarily make the pain go away, it doesn’t root out the cause of the problem and brings up other long-term challenges. Most of the drugs necessary to treat long-term pain are opioids, which can be highly addictive. Long-time users develop a drug tolerance over time, requiring higher and higher doses, which also increase the chances of addiction. Another possible side effect to using prescription pain medication is hyperalgesia, which is an increased sensitivity to pain.
Mistake 4—They think they will just have to learn to live with the pain
This is an unfortunate mistake, because people with chronic pain are generally very unhappy people. They are often short-tempered and impatient because the constant pain wears them down and saps their energy. They often isolate themselves because it is easier to stay at home and do nothing to aggravate the pain than put on a “social” mask to meet with friends. Studies have shown that people in chronic pain are more likely to become depressed.
Mistake 5—They go to a chiropractor, but only get “regular” adjustments
They think that eventually their regular adjustments will make the pain go away, but never receive the relief they seek. Most chiropractors simply are not trained to handle chronic pain. Regular chiropractic adjustments simply don’t address the root causes of chronic pain and provide inadequate pain relief.
Instead of making those mistakes, Pivotal Health Physical Medicine has several solutions that chronic pain suffers can choose instead.
The Solution—Call Pivotal Health Physical Medicine, TODAY!
We are experts at treating and alleviating chronic pain. In addition to being Chiropractic BioPhysics certified, we incorporate many targeted alternative methods for treating chronic pain that we’ve seen work time after time for our clients.
Pivotal Health Physical Medicine offers premier medical care in Charlotte County, FL. We specialize in helping patients alleviate their chronic pain with an integrated team of medical professionals that are totally invested in making sure each patient has a positive long-term outcome.
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