In traditional Western medicine, pain relief is not about treating the source of the pain, but rather, easing the pain as quickly as can be achieved. Clearly, relieving the pain instantly is an attractive option, but taking drugs is not a long-term solution. Pills may dull the pain temporarily, but drugs only address the symptoms; they aren’t going to heal what ails you. In contrast, when you come visit a chiropractor in Blaine, we can perform manual adjustments to manage the pain and address the root cause. Chiropractors go beyond the symptoms of a condition to address the actual cause of pain, which relieves you in both the short and long term.
Types of Pain
When discussing pain management, there are three types of pain: intractable, chronic, and acute. Intractable pain never ends; people with conditions that lead to intractable pain constantly experience pain. Generally, these conditions must be treated with surgery and medication; chiropractic alone will not suffice. In contrast, chronic pain is not constant, but continues in duration past the normal expectation of the condition. Chronic pain is often treated with chiropractic care in order to provide relief without invasive surgery or medication, which can have unpleasant side effects. Acute pain, as you may be able to surmise, is short-lived pain that diminishes as the injury heals or the condition goes away.
Common Sources of Pain
There are a variety of conditions that can cause chronic pain. Here, we will go over potential sources of pain that can be treated with care from Blaine Health and Wellness.
Research conducted by the European Spine Journal has found that chiropractic care is effective for sciatica treatment. Sciatica is pain that runs down the legs and is triggered by some kind of pressure on the sciatic nerve. This study followed people with sciatica who used chiropractic care to treat their condition, as well as those who used physical therapy and those who used medication. The chiropractic parents had a 72 percent success rate, while the PT group had a 20 percent success rate, and the group who took medication had a 50 percent success rate.
Neck pain can also be treated by your chiropractor in Goldsboro. The British Medical Journal followed the cases of 183 neck pain patients. A third received chiropractic care, another third received neck pain, and the third group received painkillers. Chiropractic patients recovered the fastest at roughly a third of the cost. Therefore, chiropractic care can be not only more effective, but cost-effective.
In another, similar study of patients with back pain, chiropractic care proved to be the most effective. In the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, research was recently published that studied the differences between chiropractic and traditional medicine. While 50 percent of chiropractic patients improved in terms of pain, only 13 percent of medical patients did. In fact, one-third of those treated with medications felt their pain had worsened. If you have back pain, it is advantageous to go see a chiropractor instead of seeking medication.
At Blaine Health and Wellness, we often treat people for their headaches and migraines. This is because there are actually hundreds of studies proving the efficacy of chiropractic care for headache treatments. One such study found that more than one-fifth of chiropractic patients who sought headache treatments saw their headache frequency drop by 90 percent, and half of patients found that their headaches decreased in intensity.
Frozen shoulder is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder. A recent study looked into the effect of chiropractic adjustments on patients with frozen shoulder. Fifty patients participated and the results were staggering: 16 were cured, half saw an improvement of 75 to 90 percent, eight improved by 50 to 75 percent, and only one less improved by less than half. Chiropractic care is clearly a beneficial treatment for frozen shoulder.
Scoliosis is a spinal condition that can be extremely painful when it is severe. Chiropractic care may help scoliosis patients manage the pain, and it can even prevent scoliosis from progressing further. Studies into this issue have found that chiropractic care may decrease spinal curvature by 10 to 30 percent.
At Blaine Health & Wellness, we are happy to provide you with the chiropractic care you need to relieve your pain. Contact our health clinic in Blaine for more information!