Visiting a chiropractor for pain management may be your key to experiencing life without chronic pain. There are many different types of pain, some of which are long-lasting, and others, like acute pain, go away within a few days or weeks. If your pain has lasted more than three months, it is considered chronic. Chronic pain may be a steady pain, it may become worse and worse, or it could just occur in the same place sporadically over an extended period. There are three main types of pain a person could be suffering from including neuropathic, nociceptive or visceral.
A chiropractor for pain management can identify the source of the pain
Before treatment can begin, it is necessary to identify the type and source of the pain. Some different types of pain include:
Neuropathic pain is pain that extends from damage within the peripheral nervous system. While a person may not be experiencing pain from a recent injury per se, they could be suffering pain signals from nerves that are malfunctioning. Nerve malfunction typically happens as a result of a disease or injury that occurred in the past. Many people have chronic pain throughout their entire bodies from a spinal column injury. This is often a result of a nerve being damaged in an accident. The actual injury of the spine heals, but the nerves surrounding the injured area are now defective. Neuropathic pain can also be caused by a displaced vertebrate or a compressed nerve— in these situations; the problem can often be fixed rather than just treated.
Nociceptive pain is a type of pain that occurs as a result of a direct injury to bodily tissues. For example, muscle, ligament or bone damage can all cause lasting pain that goes on even after the injury itself has healed— this would be known as nociceptive pain. When nociceptive pain outlasts the injury itself, it can also be referred to as chronic somatic pain. Many people who have nociceptive pain describe it as a throbbing or aching pain. Many older adults suffer from nociceptive pain as a result of injuries from the past.
Visceral pain is another category of sometimes chronic pain. If a person experiences pain in his or her internal organs, it is classified as visceral pain. There are fewer nerve endings in the organs of the body than there are in the muscles which makes it a challenge for the brain to locate the exact origin of pain. Some people do not realize they have an organ problem until it has deteriorated quite a bit. If a person is experiencing chronic pain within the organs of their body, they should seek medical help as soon as possible to determine the cause.
In some cases, chronic pain may overlap into more categories than just one. If you are experiencing chronic pain and you do not know the cause, we can provide you with a diagnosis and a treatment plan to reduce discomfort in your body. Pain management can help fight debilitating pain and provide you with a better quality of life.
Visit a chiropractor for pain management
Schedule an appointment today to learn more about how a pain management physician can pinpoint and treat your chronic pain.
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