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What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic or persistent pain is defined as pain that lasts for longer than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment. The pain may feel dull or sharp, causing an aching or burning sensation in the affected regions. It may be intermittent or steady, coming and going without any apparent reason. Chronic pain can occur in nearly any part of your body. It can reduce your strength, endurance, and flexibility and limit your mobility. This can make it challenging for you to go through your activities of daily living. Some of the most common types of chronic pain include:

  • Headache
  • Lower back pain
  • Post-trauma pain
  • Postsurgical pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Neurogenic pain (pain due to nerve damage)

Symptoms of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can range from mild to severe. The pain can feel different in the various affected regions of the body. The pain may be described as:

  • Stinging
  • Squeezing
  • Shooting
  • Burning
  • Throbbing
  • A dull ache
  • Stiffness
  • Soreness

Management of Chronic Pain

Chiropractic care is often sought for the management of chronic pain conditions, such as lower back pain, neck pain, and certain musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors primarily use manual manipulation techniques to adjust the spine and musculoskeletal structures, with the aim of improving alignment, reducing joint restrictions, and alleviating pain. They may also incorporate complementary therapies such as soft tissue manipulation, exercises, and lifestyle advice to address chronic pain comprehensively. The most appropriate and evidence-based treatment plan for chronic pain may include a multidisciplinary approach.