Acute/Chronic Pain Care
At Health-Fit Chiropractic & Sports Medicine we evaluate and treat all types of acute and chronic pain patients. These pain patients include work related injuries, sports injuries, pain due to pregnancy, auto accidents and chronic pain syndromes. We utilize a combination of Chiropractic care, manual therapy, therapeutic modalities, exercise and advice to free you from your pain.
What Is Acute Pain?
Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain may be caused by many events or circumstances, including:
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s)
- Sports/Athletic Events
- Auto Accidents
- Sleeping wrong
- Work Related
- Playing with the kids
Acute pain may be mild and last just a moment, or it may be severe and last for weeks or months. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed. Unrelieved acute pain, however, may lead to chronic pain.
With severe acute pain, the initial treatments are geared to controlling the pain levels and getting the patient to function better. Once the pain levels subside a bit, more treatment methods are implemented to progress the pain relief.
What Is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain persists despite the fact that an injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Emotional effects include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such a fear may hinder a person’s ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. Common chronic pain complaints include:
- Low back pain
- Sitting related injuries
- Arthritis pain
- Neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to nerves)
- Psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside)
- Pain from previous injuries or surgeries
- Many more
Chronic pain may have originated with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.