Acute & Chronic Pain

Acute Pain is defined by the Cleveland Clinic as pain that comes on suddenly and is sharp in quality. It is typically caused by something specific or could serve as a warning of disease or threat to the body. 

  • Common Causes include: 
    • Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) 
    • Auto Accidents 
    • Cuts or Burns 
    • Fractures 
    • Lifting/Bending 
    • Ligament sprains 
    • Muscle strains 
    • Playing with your kids 
    • Pregnancy-related pain 
    • Sleeping wrong 
    • Sports-related injuries 
    • Work-related injuries

Oftentimes, acute pain is mild and has a short duration. However, it can sometimes be more severe and last weeks or even months

    • Most acute pain cases do not last longer than 6 months. It will disappear once the underlying cause has been treated and/or healed 
    • Unrelieved acute pain, however, can lead to more chronic conditions  

With any case of acute pain, the initial goal is aimed at controlling and reducing the pain levels while simultaneously getting the patient to move and function more efficiently. Once the pain levels have been controlled, the focus of the treatment can turn to rehabilitation of the area to prevent or, at the very least, dimmish any possible future flare-ups.

Chronic Pain is defined by the Cleveland Clinic as pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than 6 months. This type of pain can even continue after the injury or illness that caused it has healed.

Chronic pain will typically be precipitated by an injury. However, sometimes people will suffer from chronic pain symptoms even when there is no apparent injury or body damage present.

  • Common Causes include: 
    • Headache 
    • Low Back Pain 
    • Arthritis Pain 
    • Cancer 
    •  Fibromyalgia 
    • Nerve Pain
  • Chronic pain as creates increased stress to the body as a whole and can lead to other physical conditions, such as:
    • Tense muscles 
    • Limited mobility
    • Lack of energy 
    • Changes in appetite
  • Emotional effects can include: 
    • Depression 
    • Anger 
    • Anxiety 
    • Fear of re-injury OR Fear-avoidance behavior
  • As you can see, chronic pain sufferers require more than just treating the pain. Chronic pain treatment requires a BioPsychoSocial (BPS) approach to address the patients pain symptoms while simultaneously addressing the emotional and psychological components of chronic pain. 

At National Pike Chiropractic, we utilize a combination of Chiropractic adjustments, manual muscle therapies, corrective exercises, therapeutic modalities, and lifestyle advice to help patients reach their health goals with both Acute and Chronic Pain!

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