For people who suffer from chronic pain, a backache is more than an annoying symptom of sleeping in an awkward position – it’s relentless, agonizing discomfort that affects every area of life. Chronic pain is any type of pain that lasts longer than three months. Sometimes the pain can be attributed to a physical trauma, like a car accident or slip and fall. Most often, though, chronic pain rears its ugly head without any obvious cause. Fortunately, chiropractic care can diagnose and address many structural causes of chronic pain for long-lasting relief.
What causes chronic pain?
There are two main types of chronic pain: musculoskeletal pain and neuropathic pain. The first is caused by damage to bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, or muscles. Neuropathic pain is related to nerve or tissue damage and often presents as shooting pain, burning, or tingling. Some types of chronic pain have a single cause, while others are attributed numerous factors, including:
Improper lifting of heavy objects
Wearing high heels
Sleeping on an old mattress
Curvature of the spine
Chronic pain can manifest anywhere in the body, including the head. Headaches can be caused by a myriad of factors, from muscle tension, to allergies, to a disorder in the cervical spine. Whichever form it takes, chronic pain significantly decreases a person’s quality of life. The good news for sufferers is that most chronic pain can be treated with chiropractic care.
Treating chronic pain with chiropractic care
Chiropractic care is often associated with the treatment of back pain, but the health and alignment of your spine has a dramatic impact on the rest of your body, too. A bulging or slipped disc can result in shooting pain down one or both legs; misaligned vertebrae can cause migraine headaches; osteoarthritis of the spine can result in a compressed nerve that produces a tingling or painful sensation in the neck or shoulder. A physical exam, x-rays, and/or testing will help Dr. Loy diagnose the reason for your chronic pain. Once he determines the root cause, he will develop a treatment plan to assist with long-term pain management and symptom relief.
Depending on the cause of your chronic pain, your treatment may include hands-on adjustments, spinal decompression, ultrasound or laser therapy, massage, physical therapy, or therapeutic exercises to reduce inflammation and heal the affected areas. By restoring the spine to proper alignment, pressure is released from compressed nerves and surrounding tissue for immediate and long lasting pain relief. In this way, chiropractic care tackles the root cause of chronic pain, rather than masking the symptoms with injections and prescription medications.
Find natural relief from chronic pain with chiropractic care in San Diego
Chronic pain can have a negative impact on your daily life, but it doesn’t have to. At Loy Chiropractic, we use chiropractic care as a natural alternative for pain management, addressing the underlying cause of a patient’s symptoms for optimal long-term health. If you suffer from chronic pain that prevents you from enjoying your favorite activities or affects your ability to live a comfortable life, we can help. Stop by our office in Solana Beach or call us today at (858) 436-7162 to learn more about how chiropractic care can help free your healthiest, most vibrant self.