If you suffer from chronic pain the first thing you should do is reach out and look for answers.
As a clinician, the most common problems that present to us in private practice usually involve the skeletal system. For example, headaches and low back pain are the two most common chronic pain complaints heard by many primary care and medical practices.
This true for both acute or new health conditions and but especially chronic conditions.
Now I define chronic conditions as those that have lasted more than six months and have not effectively been treated or managed.
One only has to look at television ads and yes even newspapers from over hundreds of years ago to realize there is nothing new or unique here!
Let’s face it, some pains are just part of life. But when chronic pains and other annoying symptoms become long-term and interfere with our quality of live, they can have devastating consequences.
Now obviously, very little can be done about devastating accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, this is a real and unpleasant fact. Bad things can and do happen to all of us.
So even though we know that the best way to prevent chronic disabling pain is to treat pain appropriately is from the beginning.
This involves much more than just medication. In fact, this is a team effort.
Most of the time pain management should include some type of physical therapy. Physical therapy, chiropractic and other physical therapy is often extremely beneficial especially when applied early on for many types of chronic pain.
This does not mean that chronic pain is not treatable. It just becomes more difficult.
Chronic pain needs to be handled by very experienced physicians and physical therapists. In order to be truly effective long-term, a good portion of this care should include non-drug treatment methods.
And that is in fact what we do every day, all day long in our treatment centers.
So, if you suffer from chronic pain the first thing you should do is reach out and look for answers.
Don’t take no for an answer until you have left no stone unturned!
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