If you struggle with chronic pain, you know all too well that pain can very quickly become a disease. Chronic pain is not only debilitating physically, but it also takes a serious toll on the psyche. Generally diagnosed after three to six-months of experiencing symptoms, chronic pain can last for years if the right precautions aren’t taken.
Understanding Chronic Pain
Unlike acute pain, chronic pain often does not have one clear cause that the symptoms can be attributed to. In some cases, pain may have a point of origin, but if it lasts longer than reasonably expected, you may have missed the window to address the pain at the original source. Once acute pain progresses into chronic pain, the treatment of symptoms can look a little different and can often take much longer.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
For many patients, disease is the underlying cause of chronic pain. Afflictions like arthritis or scoliosis can lead to symptoms of chronic pain. Chronic disease is not the only contributing factor to pain, though. When treating chronic pain in Denver, we see patients struggling to recover from all types of problems, including:
- Injuries that didn’t heal properly
- Nerve damage
- Poor posture
- Labor-intensive lifestyle
- Being overweight
- Degenerative changes
These causes only apply to a portion of those struggling with chronic pain. Many patients visit our pain management specialists without an obvious physical cause for their pain. Additionally, another portion of patients who have symptoms of chronic pain present have causes that are entirely psychosomatic. The brain and body are closely connected and pain that lingers can lead to psychological and emotional damage that perpetuates the symptoms of chronic pain.
What Are The Symptoms Of Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain can be present with a variety of different symptoms. The most common, of course, is pain. Whether that symptom is present in the muscles, joints, or psyche, the pain is a very real problem that requires ongoing and highly-specific support to alleviate. Chronic pain affects upwards of 25 million Americans who experience symptoms that range from joint pain and muscle aches to loss of stamina and mood problems.
Chronic pain is something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. The inability to stay active due to the pain feeds the pain, which often makes it worse. All of this feeds into negative psychological symptoms, such as feelings of depression and irritability.
How Can McWhorter CNR Treat Chronic Pain In Denver?
There are as many approaches to treating chronic pain as there are ways to experience the symptoms. Medication is one of the most common recommendations from health care professionals for the management of chronic pain. In the face of an opioid epidemic, many patients are apprehensive to jump right to pills and other meds as their desired course of treatment.
McWhorter CNR offers a full suite of alternative treatments that are proven to be beneficial in alleviating symptoms of chronic pain. In addition to traditional chiropractic and acupuncture, we also employ laser therapy and other cutting-edge solutions that treat pain at the cellular level.
Top-Tier Alternative Pain Management in Denver
McWhorter CNR is proud to offer innovative pain management solutions that help patients avoid opioids and other medical interventions that may not be ideal. If you suffer from the symptoms of chronic pain, give our team a call to learn more about our chronic pain management solutions in Denver.