What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is any pain that lasts for more than three months. The pain can become progressively worse and reoccur intermittently, outlasting the usual healing process. After injured tissue heals, pain is expected to stop once the underlying cause is treated, according to conventional ideas of pain. Many individuals are faced with months or even years of chronic pain. These types of unrelenting pains might be, and often are, produced by multiple causes. Ultimately they can create an inability to enjoy and experience life, as it should be. The treatment of chronic pain syndromes is something all Doctors of Chiropractic can and should be able to deal with quite effectively.
How Do Doctors Treat Chronic Pain?
Many doctors find it difficult treating pains of unknown etiology. Diagnostic terms such as fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica, psychogenic pain syndrome, neuropathic pain syndrome, chronic polyarthralgia rheumatica – and a host of other diagnostic names can be given to describe the problem. Unfortunately, the traditional medical approaches often produce limited results or success. Often when the doctor believes the symptoms to be primarily of a psychological nature, (coming from your mind) referral to a psychologist is given. This approach alone is often shortsighted and ultimately ineffective.
Factors of Chronic Pain and Curing
At Cedar City Chiropractic we teach and practice a holistic treatment method that incorporates a multifaceted approach to these complex problems. Most states will allow the D.C. to practice this complete method, which is founded on sound research and the most up-to-date thinking in the treatment of this problem. Recognizing that chronic pain syndromes – CPS, often are associated with lifestyles, which may have gotten out of balance along the way. This imbalance occurs on many levels and begins and progresses slowly, usually over years of abrasive forces to the body. Prolonged excessive stress is one of the primary culprits, which can start the chronic pains syndromes rolling. Poor eating and exercising habits can also contribute to chronic pain. Finally, self-inflicted, or abusive habits such as self inflicted sleep deprivation, prolonged work cycles, and horrible nutritional habits can be changed through education and encouragement. Some CPS patients have suffered multiple physical injuries resulting in their condition, which cannot be blamed on unhealthy lifestyles.
The successful treatment of chronic pain syndromes must begin with education of these causative factors and a resolve by the patient to change harmful, self-destructive behaviors. Once this understanding and commitment has been accomplished, a big step in the right direction has occurred.
The goal of a Chiropractor should be to actively treat patients utilizing therapeutic modalities designed to restore the body’s ability to deal with pain in a normal and healthy manner.
The Process of Overcoming Chronic Pain Syndromes
Overcoming chronic pain syndromes takes patience, consistent effort and willpower. Healing occurs on multiple levels, including the mind, body and spirit. With consistency in following the healthy lifestyles and treatment modalities advocated by our clinic most CPS individuals may expect good improvement for this debilitating condition. All doctors, including Chiropractors are daily faced with such difficult cases, and must have this method at their disposal. It will make them better providers! Chiropractors are the most well equipped to treat this problem which requires a holistic approach to resolve.
Here at Cedar City Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Doctors Josh Williams and M. Curtis Hobson approach CPS with such a holistic method. We care for your well-being and encourage you to take steps in order to help with your pain. We fully believe in a quote by Thomas Edison, "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
At Cedar City Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Doctors Josh Williams and M. Curtis Hobson have the solution to more than just your back. With professional, on-hand dietitians, health coaches, massage therapist, and Chiropractic physicians, we can focus on your overall health and wellness that will allow you to run FASTER, jump HIGHER, recover QUICKER, and will ultimately achieve your greatest wellness goals.
At Cedar City Chiropractic and Rehab… We have MORE than just your back!