Anybody can have chronic pain. Adults typically complain of joint pain, low back pain, and neurogenic pain. While children and teenagers are more likely to have more headaches, abdominal pain, leg, and hand pain. Regardless there are individuals that have a higher risk because of their age, gender, and job. It isn’t always clear what causes chronic pain. There are several possibilities:
- Injury – Even after the injury has healed, the nerves keep sending pain signals to and from the brain. Doctors are still not sure why this occurs.
- Disease – Conditions can cause chronic pain like fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis.
- Nerve problems – Part of the nervous system can be injured, the nerves themselves. This is called neuropathic pain.
- Unknown Cause/s – Pain that presents with no obvious injury, disease, or nerve problem.
Chronic pain is quite common in veterans according to a National Veterans Affairs Study. Around one in five veterans receiving primary care have chronic pain. While one in ten has chronic pain syndrome. Veterans recently served in a war, tend to report a variety of causes for their pain. This includes:
- Multiple injuries
- Brain trauma
- Muscle injuries
- Bone/s injuries
Most sports require a certain level of fitness. Athletes train with all types of activities to help maintain their body’s. Unfortunately, they are still not immune to chronic pain. Chronic pain is common with:
- Football players
- Soccer players
- Basketball players
- Ballet dancers
Common chronic conditions for athletes:
- Low back pain
- Leg pain
- Stress fractures or cracks inside a bone
- Recurrent fractures
- Spinal stenosis is a narrowed spinal canal, which creates added pressure on the nerves that travel through the low spine into the legs
Age is a high-risk factor for chronic pain. Around 30-40% of individuals older than sixty-five have or are beginning to deal with chronic pain. The severity in anybody forty-five to sixty-five is the greatest. Common conditions that cause chronic pain in older adults are:
- Arthritis and gout
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Damaged nerves
Men and women experience pain differently. Several factors contribute to this. These include:
- Reproductive health
Women have a higher risk of developing disorders that cause chronic pain. Examples include:
- Brittle bones
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Anybody dealing with chronic pain, finding relief can be difficult and time-consuming. Individuals are often sent back and forth between primary care, specialists, and therapists for a solution.
Improved Nervous System
When there is a communication breakdown between the brain and the body’s tissues, organs, and cells it can lead to a variety of health problems. There are many chronic and even degenerative health conditions that are impacted by the nervous system. Studies have shown that chiropractic is a highly effective treatment for numerous neurological conditions which include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Tourette’s Syndrome
Anybody can seek treatment and they will experience the benefits. Chiropractic provides a safe, effective treatment for an improved nervous system function. The type, frequency, and intensity of treatment depend on the patient and condition. Chiropractic positively affects the nervous system and as a result, positively affects the whole body.
Chronic Pain Chiropractic Care
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