Solutions to Chronic Back Pain
Clinically, a pain episode is considered chronic if the symptoms have persisted for three months or longerThe Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
Short Term, Acute Back Pain
If you find yourself in acute pain, and have not been in pain for three months or longer, with treatment, we can usually resolve this issue within a few weeks. Does this sound like you?
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Long Term, Chronic Back Pain
If you have experienced back pain for a much longer period of time then don’t fear yet, there are still things we can do at Clayfield Chiropractic to ease your pain and potentially get your body pain free. If you are ready to book your initial consultation you can do so here.
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Causes of Chronic Back Pain
While identifying the causes of chronic pain can be difficult, Chiropractors’ wealth of expertise in dealing with Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders promotes accurate assessment of the pain origin. Chronic pain can have many causes including direct injury, lifestyle choices or underlying conditions such as spinal stenosis (resulting in nerve compression), osteoarthritis or inflammatory arthritis. Chiropractors assess and diagnose such conditions and develop treatment and management plans tailored for the individual.
Chiropractic Treatment Methods
The good news for you is that there is help available! Conservative care, incorporating Chiropractic treatment can alleviate acute and chronic symptoms. Also, the cause of the pain may be highlighted and any mechanical dysfunctions corrected through treatment and an exercise regime tailored to your needs. Such treatment often involves spinal manipulation or mobilization, traction, ultrasound and other therapies as well as lifestyle counselling and exercises aimed at strengthening structures that support the problematic area.
The role of programs involving chiropractic treatment combined with exercise for treating chronic pain is a well researched and evidence based field. A 2012 US study following 272 neck pain patients revealed that patients receiving chiropractic treatment and following an exercise regime were twice as likely to be pain free than those receiving medication. These results are highly encouraging for sufferers of chronic pain who do not wish to take pain management medication. 32% of those recieving only chiropractic care and 30% of those exercising became pain free, compared to 13% for those treated with medication for chronic pain.
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