For better or worse, your body is the house you live in. If you experience chronic pain, you’re naturally not going to be comfortable in that house—and your discomfort can affect all areas of your life, from mobility to sleeping to the activities you enjoy.
What is chronic pain? The medical definition of chronic pain is a sense of discomfort, often unpleasant, that persists or progresses over time. Chronic pain is different from acute pain, which occurs after a specific injury or accident. Chronic pain persists and can be difficult to treat. In addition, chronic pain has a variety of causes, from conditions such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and migraine to lingering sports or overuse injuries. Chronic pain can also result from structural or alignment problems in the human body.
At Sleigh Family Chiropractic, we’ve seen it all. Whether your chronic pain is from a recent or past accident, from a sports injury, or from other trauma, we can evaluate it and determine what treatment plan will help address it. When we treat chronic pain in our patients, we pinpoint what is causing the pain and correct it to get you the relief you’re seeking. We also look at how treatment can improve function in everyday life.
Here are a few of the most common reasons that our patients seek us out for our expert care:
#1: Back pain.
Although we treat more than just back pain, many of our patients arrive in our office first for this reason. In fact, chronic back pain is so common that more than 30 million Americans are suffering from it at any one time. And, more than 80% of adults will experience back point at some point during their lives. While it’s important to protect your back against injury by practicing healthy lifting techniques, ensuring you’re not carrying a backpack that’s too heavy, and making core exercise part of your regular fitness routine, you can still benefit from our care no matter your routine. Resolving chronic back pain can make a huge difference in your life.
#2: Neck pain.
The human body asks a great deal of the seven bones of the cervical spine. These bones have to hold up the weight of your head—which can be 12 pounds!—as well as move your head in nearly any direction. This big task makes the neck susceptible to pain and injury. Injury and accidents, overuse conditions, osteoarthritis, and aging, among other conditions, can all contribute to chronic neck pain. And, as sufferers know well, the phrase ‘a pain in the neck’ is true for a reason.
#3: Sports injuries.
Many of you weekend warriors go all-out when you can spend some time in your seasonal sport. Whether you’re a runner, on a softball team, or like to play a few holes, you may have lingering pain that holds you back from fully enjoying your athletic life. When you see us about sports injuries, we find out how you got injured in the first place and what your symptoms are. Then, we suggest the best approach to break up scar tissue or reduce inflammation, address any imbalance or misalignment, and get you ready to be back in the game.
At Sleigh Family Chiropractic, we offer exceptional chiropractic care for your entire family. With a warm and friendly atmosphere as our standard, we believe that what our patients encounter is different from that experienced in other doctors’ offices. What’s more, we strive to give our patients a path to optimal health with excellent chiropractic care as well as resources for home. Whatever your health goals are, Sleigh Family Chiropractic will help you and your loved ones achieve them. We invite you to visit us and experience our standard of care. Learn more or call us at 847-788-0880.