Chronic pain can be extremely challenging to live with. Whether it’s an annoying, distracting pain that keeps you from fully enjoying your life or a debilitating pain that makes it difficult to even get out of bed, chronic pain is serious and should be treated seriously. Unfortunately, traditional medicine often can only mask the symptoms. Medications can only make you feel better temporarily and carry significant risks, and surgery is rarely indicated for chronic pain. When surgery is done, patients often report little to no improvement or worsened pain. So how can you treat your chronic pain and begin living your life again?
Common Causes of Chronic Pain
There are many different causes of chronic pain. The most common causes include but are not limited to:
- Poor posture, usually for many years
- Being overweight or obese
- Traumatic injury
- Different types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Sciatica or other nerve compression
- Sitting at a desk eight or more hours a day
One of the most common causes of chronic pain is car accidents. When patients experience trauma to the body via the sudden force of a car crash, the spine and surrounding muscles and tendons can become quickly overextended and injured. This is how whiplash occurs — the head is suddenly snapped forward, back, or to the side and extended far beyond its normal range of motion. Whiplash can result in severe neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and more.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Therapy for Chronic Pain
Fortunately, chiropractic therapy can benefit a number of conditions that cause chronic pain, specially those that relate to the spine and joints. It’s particularly effective for traumatic injuries where traditional medicine fails. Whiplash may be treated with muscle relaxers and pain medication, but these only go so far and traditional doctors have very few other options when it comes to whiplash.
Essentially, chiropractic therapy relieves pain by relieving pressure on the affected area and aligning the spine so the body can begin to heal itself. When the spine is out of alignment, chronic and even disabling pain can result. While sitting at a desk for extended periods of time or having bad posture for a number of years can slowly pull the spine out of alignment, the trauma of a car accident can cause the spine to quickly become subluxated or misaligned, which can result in greater pain and discomfort.
Chiropractic therapy can help muscles surrounding the misaligned areas to relax naturally, relieve pressure on lymph nodes, and put the body back at homeostasis — the point at which the body functions normally at all levels. Chiropractic therapy is non-invasive, all natural, and safe for your body. It can be combined with other therapies, such as electrostimulation, hot and cold therapy, massage, stretching, and more for better relief that lasts longer.
Contact 1-800-We-Treat Today
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and have suffered whiplash or other debilitating injuries, or have chronic pain for some other reason, we can help. Call 1-800-WE-TREAT today and we can connect you with doctors in your area that can provide relief from your chronic pain.