Chronic pain is defined as ongoing pain that lasts three months or more. In many cases, a St. Petersburg, FL chiropractor can treat non-cancer related chronic pain because it normally comes from at least one of two main sources.
Sources of Chronic Pain in St. Petersburg
Chronic pain usually falls into the musculoskeletal category (MSK) or the neuropathic category, and both of these types of injuries are frequently treated by chiropractic care. MSK pain originates in the bones, muscles, tissues, ligaments or joints. Neuropathic pain comes from damage to the nerves or tissues. Diabetics are prone to neuropathic pain, and one common type of pain, sciatic nerve pain, is commonly treated by chiropractors.
Fighting MSK Pain with a St. Petersburg, FL Chiropractor
Chronic pain can be present anywhere in the body, including the neck, back, joints, or head. In some cases, the patient can point to a specific event that caused the pain, such as a fall or car accident, but for many, the pain just "is" and they can't pinpoint the underlying cause.
At St. Petersburg Chiropractic Injury & Rehab, our chiropractor Dr. Staub assesses each patient to determine as much about the cause of their pain as possible. By asking questions about your pain and how it feels and where it is located as well as basic lifestyle questions, Dr. Staub can prescribe a treatment plan that not only works to lessen the pain but also to help you gain strength in order to fight future pain.
Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain conditions may be treated with a number of different methods, including spinal manipulation, exercise suggestions, nutrition and more. People often seek help from chronic pain after attempting to get pain relief through medication, but one study showed that overall medication is less effective in treating chronic pain that both chiropractic treatments and prescribed exercise regimens. Over twice the number of patients reported becoming pain-free after chiropractic and exercise programs versus medication.
Some conditions that might manifest themselves as chronic pain include:
- Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
- Narrowing of the Spine Canal
- Joint pain and inflammation
- Sciatic Nerve Pain
Even when medication does provide some relief, many are hesitant to rely on it too much as it puts them at risk for side effects, possible addiction, and damage to the kidneys and liver if taken long term.
Patient Participation in Chiropractic Care
Whether a patient's pain is considered short term or chronic, the best healing is possible when they are an active participant in their own healing process. Throughout a person's care plan, proper communication of the type of pain (dull vs sharp and tingling) and cooperation with treatment including implementing exercises, relaxation techniques, and other instructions can give patients the best chance of having their treatment work for them.
Meet with Our Chronic Pain Treatment Chiropractor in St. Petersburg
If you are suffering from chronic pain, there is a good chance that treatment from our St. Petersburg, FL chiropractor can help you. Contact St. Petersburg Chiropractic Injury & Rehab at (727) 519-3757 to schedule an appointment.