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What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is persistent and ongoing pain anywhere in the body that lasts three months or longer. The pain experienced can range from mild to severe and can stay the same or worsen in intensity or frequency. Chronic pain can be an unpleasant and uncomfortable type of feeling, such as a dull ache. Many people experience chronic pain in their neck, middle back, lower back, shoulder, or hip.

There are many causes of chronic pain, including – 

  • Previous injury 
  • Traumatic injury 
  • Illness 
  • Surgeries 
  • Repetitive stress on the body 
  • Musculoskeletal conditions

How can Chiropractic care help with chronic pain?

Total Health Chiropractic has seen thousands of patients with chronic pain. Our Chiropractors use a thorough approach to examinations and care in order to achieve the best possible outcome for our patients. We utilize a range of chiropractic techniques to help with the pain. 

If further investigation is required, we refer our patients for x-rays not only to see if there are underlying issues that are causing chronic pain but also to check the alignment of the spine. 

Frequently asked questions

How common is chronic pain?

Approximately one in five Australians experience chronic pain. There were 3.24 million Australians that were living with chronic pain in 2018 and it was most commonly seen in women.

Should I put up with chronic pain and ignore it?

No. You should never push through recurring or constant pain – pain is a sign that something is not functioning properly in your body! Our Chiropractors recommend getting pain investigated and managed as early as possible. 

What can I do about chronic pain?

You can start by coming in for a consultation with one of our Chiropractors to see if we can help you with your chronic pain. If we are unable to, we will refer you to the right health specialist who can. 

What is the best treatment for chronic pain?

There are many different reasons and circumstances for chronic pain to occur. Our Chiropractors see many patients who experience chronic pain, often due to musculoskeletal conditions. They will develop the best possible care plan for you and will tailor their techniques for your specific requirements. Most chronic pain can be managed effectively with appropriate care. 

Can I become addicted to pain medication?

Some people who experience chronic pain will be prescribed pain medication to manage their pain. However, pain medications that contain opioids can become highly addictive. When taking opioid medications, a person’s body can adapt to the drug and become reliant on it. Often people who stop taking these pain medications can experience withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal include muscle aches, excessive sweating, and irritability. Long-term use of opioids can cause liver and kidney damage. 

How can chronic pain affect your life? 

Chronic pain can affect a person’s life in many different ways, including – 

  • Limited range of movement
  • Feeling stiff and tight 
  • Sleep disturbances 
  • Decreased energy and productivity 
  • Tiredness and fatigue 
  • It can make you worried and affect your daily mood 
  • Limiting the ability to do everyday activities
  • Feeling unmotivated to go to work or exercise 

Chronic pain can be debilitating, stressful, and may affect a person’s quality of life as they are unable to do everyday tasks and things they enjoy. The pain can also affect their social life.

People with chronic pain can also experience mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. They can often feel frustrated and annoyed about pain always being present. 

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