what is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is a vague term that has various definitions but generally refers to pain that lasts more than 3 months. Some people define it as pain that lasts longer than 6 months. Either way, it is a persistent pain that disrupts your ability to live life and perform activities to your full capacity. This type of pain can have a known cause, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, or can be related to a less well known source such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. Some of the most common causes include:
How do sports chiropractors treat chronic pain?
As with most issues, the most important step in treatment is a thorough evaluation to determine what factors are playing a role in the patient’s chronic condition. The sports chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center will take the time necessary to talk with the patient and perform a complete evaluation. One of the most important parts of treatment is to properly communicate realistic goals and potential outcomes to patients. Unfortunately, some sources of chronic pain have a worse prognosis than others. For instance, if a patient has severe osteoarthritis, that patient is unlikely to be pain free for the next decade. That patient can, however, have less pain, more mobility, and a greater quality of life. The sports chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center will discuss realistic prognosis and equip patients with tools to make their chronic pain more manageable. These tools may involve stretching programs, self-myofascial release, supplements, or lifestyle modifications (such as posture coaching).
If you are suffering from chronic pain and want to schedule an appointment at our Eden Prairie or Eagan clinic locations, or to discuss your condition with a sports chiropractic physician, contact us or call 952-479-0043 today.