Pain is an unpleasant sensation your nervous system uses as a signal to let you know something is wrong. In most cases, pain is an acute symptom caused by an illness or injury, and the pain goes away once your body heals.
That’s not the case with chronic pain. This type of pain lasts weeks, months, or years. Chronic pain has many causes, and no single treatment works for everyone.
At Legacy Pain and Regenerative Medicine, our chiropractic physician, Dr. Trace Alexander, understands the complexities of chronic pain. When it comes to pain management, he takes a multimodal approach, utilizing many therapies to ease the discomfort and improve quality of life.
Here, we want to talk about the common conditions that cause chronic pain — and the therapies that can help.
About chronic pain
Any pain that lasts three or more months is considered chronic pain. This includes pain you feel all the time or pain that comes and goes. You may feel pain anywhere on your body, and the severity may range from mild to severe.
This type of ongoing discomfort may interfere with your daily routine, making it hard to work, or affecting your ability to take care of yourself. It can also cause other health problems like depression, anxiety, or insomnia, which may worsen your pain condition.
Chronic pain is complex and affects everyone differently.
Common causes of chronic pain
Chronic pain has many causes. Some causes are obvious, while others are less so. It’s also possible to have chronic pain from an unknown cause.
Five common conditions that cause chronic pain include:
- Low back pain
- Neuropathy (nerve damage)
You can develop a chronic pain condition following an acute injury or illness. These short-term health issues may make you more sensitive to pain, causing you to continue to feel discomfort long after your body heals.
Aging also increases your risk of developing chronic pain because of the degenerative changes that affect the spine (back pain) and joints (osteoarthritis).
Therapies to improve chronic pain
When it comes to chronic pain treatment, an individualized approach is best. We utilize many therapies to improve pain, from medications to injections to acupuncture.
We also carry SOTA CBD health products to address specific health needs like inflammation, sleep, and wellness.
However, to help our patients get long-term relief from their pain, we focus on therapies — like chiropractic care, nutrition, exercise, and regenerative medicine — that support the body’s natural healing processes.
No matter the cause, chronic pain takes a toll on your health and well-being. Let us help you get relief from your pain so you can get back to living your life.
We have offices in Plano and Addison, Texas. Give us a call at the location that’s most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.