Chiropractic Treatments Champlin MN | Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain is a devastating health problem that affects at least 116 million American adults–more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. It costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. Chronic pain affects people of all ages, races, and occupations and without treatment, pain can have a significant impact on the pain sufferer and their entire family.

For every person seeking relief from chronic pain, others are inevitably affected: husbands and wives, parents and children, friends, employers and co-workers. Chronic pain can interfere with every aspect of a person’s life: work, relationships, self-esteem, and emotional well-being.

The Burden Of Pain

Chronic pain brings a burden of depression, anxiety, frustration, fatigue, isolation, and lowered self-esteem. Pain makes it hard to work, hard to play, hard to get support from others, and hard to live a happy life. Chronic pain can literally shatter productive lives.

Pain is the most common reason why people come to a chiropractor. Whether it’s intense throbbing from a migraine headache, fibromyalgia disorder, an auto, sports or work injury, or constantly aching joints from arthritis, we all want the pain to go away — and fast!  Sometimes pain is a temporary condition that will go away on its own (like after a minor injury or after surgery). But sometimes the pain is an indicator of something more serious, and it won’t get better until it’s treated. It is important that you get it diagnosed correctly.

Exercise Reduces Anxiety of Chronic Disease

People with chronic pain often experience pain that transcends the physical. Besides long-term low back or neck pain, patients can get so frustrated that they may develop depression and anxiety. To combat the multi-faceted nature of chronic pain, doctors often suggest that patients exercise.  A new report supports this common treatment.

The study, which was written by researchers from the University of Georgia and published in the February 22, 2010 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, was based off the results of 40 published studies that included approximately 3,000 patients with a variety of chronic illnesses, including chronic back pain.

On average, the researchers found that the patients who exercised on a regular basis reported 20% less anxiety symptoms compared to those who didn’t exercise regularly.

A chiropractor will advise you on available treatment options for pain management because it is important that you receive all the information you need about potential treatments. Psychotherapy, relaxation, massage or physical therapy, acupuncture, laser therapy, biofeedback, and behavior modification may be used to treat chronic pain.

Pain is a uniquely individual and subjective experience that depends on a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors, and different population groups experience pain differently. Because pain varies from person to person, your chiropractor can readily identify one dysfunction or injury from another to tailor your treatments to you.