Do you suffer in pain? Do you very carefully balance between managing pain versus giving up and crying, “It is just too much?” If this is you, read on for helpful information to better help you understand and choose the from best pain solution options from the experts in treatments of headaches, back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Different Pain Protocols
No one wants to worry constantly. We certainly do not want to visit our chiropractor or family doctor for every ache and pain, but eventually, we all experience physical health challenges that may be difficult to solve without expert advice.
Deciphering the 911
Some health crises are immediate and serious. For instance, if you suddenly experience crushing chest pain with radiating pain down your left arm, possibly with nausea, profuse perspiration, and a feeling of impending doom, you know you have to call “911” immediately. If you awaken in the middle of the night with an intense, deep, sharp pain in your lower right abdomen, accompanied by vomiting and a fever, you also know that you need to go to the Emergency Room right away. In these exceptional cases, most people know which steps to take.
Now, what about the pain that does not categorize as a “code red”?
Nonurgent Urgent Care
Overall, pain is a warning sign, but many problems that cause pain can resolve on their own. For example, you may twist an ankle on your daily walk. It may hurt to put weight on that ankle, and there may even be a bit of swelling, but within two days your ankle is much better. There was initial pain attributing to a soft tissue injury, possibly involving muscles, tendons, or ligaments; however, the injury was not so severe that your body’s ability to self-heal could not manage the situation. In the case of a greater degree of initial pain, more swelling, or if improvement were not obtained within 48 hours, a visit to your chiropractor would be appropriate.
In borderline situations involving musculoskeletal pain, for instance back, neck, shoulder, or knee pain, your intuition, and level of pain tolerance will be the deciding factor on when to seek professional assistance. But better to err on the side of caution and not lose the quality of life you desire by living and masking the pain with anti-inflammatories.
Pain Relief Versus Pain Solution
When you suffer from debilitating neck and back pain, you should consider an evaluation first by a qualified chiropractor. The majority of these spinal complaints are caused by irritation and inflammation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that not only help create the structure of the spinal column but provide for the full mobility of the spinal vertebrae. By locating regions of your spine with decreased mobility, a chiropractor can identify the areas that are in need of treatment. The treatment includes not only restoring mobility to the spinal joints but the reduction of pressure and irritation on spinal nerves. By reducing the irritation and inflammation of the spinal soft tissues, the pain will reduce along with the adverse effects to the normal function of the spinal nerves. The result of non-treatment for spinal nerve compression may include a wide range of other health problems. By addressing the source of many of these problems, chiropractic care and rehabilitation, which may include physical rehabilitation and exercises, spinal decompression, or other non-surgical modalities will help eliminate your neck and back pain and help contribute to your overall health and well-being.
Let Us Start With Good Action Steps
If you or a loved one are suffering in pain and you feel like you have tried everything or are just too tired from the pain to make a clear decision, let us help you make an informed and solution based decision. Our expert team is ready and waiting to help you begin to take the steps towards your next best day – pain-free!
For Your Health,
Dr. Wendy Lanser D.C.