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Chronic Pain Treatment

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is persistent and ongoing pain anywhere in the body that lasts more than three months. Often, it can stay the same or progressively get worse in intensity or frequency. Chronic pain can be caused by a previous injury, illness, surgeries, repetitive stress on the body or musculoskeletal conditions. It can also be mild or severe. Chronic pain can be an uncomfortable and unpleasant type of feeling such as a dull ache. Most people can experience chronic pain in their neck, middle back, lower back, shoulder or hip pain. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How common is chronic pain? 

Approximately one in five Australians experience chronic pain. So, you are not alone! 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 the pain and ignore it? 

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

chiropractor treating patient with chronic pain

What can I do about my chronic pain? 

You can start off with coming in for a consultation with one of our Chiropractors to see if we are able to help you with your chronic pain. Otherwise, if we are unable to, we will refer you to the right person who can.  

What is the best treatment for chronic pain? 

There are many different reasons and circumstances for chronic pain to occur. However, our Chiropractors at Total Health Chiropractic see many patients who have been experiencing chronic pain. Often this is due to musculoskeletal conditions. They will try to find the best possible care plan for you and tailor their techniques to each individual. Most chronic pain can be manageable with the appropriate care. 

Can I become addicted to pain medication? 

Some people who suffer from chronic pain will be prescribed pain medications to manage their chronic 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 constantly. Often people who stop taking these pain medications can experience withdrawal. Some symptoms of withdrawal may include; muscle aches, excessive sweating and irritability. Long term use of opioids can also cause liver and kidney damages. 

How can chronic pain affect you? 

Chronic pain can affect a person’s life in many different ways, these include: 

  • Limited range of movement, feeling stiffer and tighter 
  • Sleep disturbances 
  • Decrease energy and productivity 
  • It can leave you feeling tired, fatigued, worried and affecting your mood daily. 
  • Limiting daily 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 the things they enjoy doing. This can also affect their social life. 

People with chronic pain can also often experience mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. You can also often feel frustrated and annoyed about the pain always being there.

So what can I do?

Total Health Chiropractic has been seeing many patients with chronic pain. They provide outstanding care to all patients of all ages with chronic pain across  our practices in Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Agnes Water, Frankston, Torquay, Geelong and Mornington

Our experienced Chiropractors use a range of techniques.. We take on a thorough approach with examinations and care to make sure you get the best outcome possible. 

If further investigations are needed, we do send our patients out to get x-rays done to see if there are any underlying causes that are causing the chronic pain but also checking the alignment of the spine and to see how long this has been going on for. 

If you have any questions or wish to book an appointment with one of our Chiropractors, contact us today.


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