Depending on the cause of the pain, pain management can be simple or complex. Some pain can be alleviated with a shot or physical therapy, but some people experience pain that does not go away. This can require a variety of skills and techniques to treat, including medication management, chiropractic therapy, acupuncture and other alternative therapies, and physiological counseling and support.
Most often, pain is classified as being either acute or chronic. Acute pain may begin suddenly and is often described as feeling sharp. It is likened to the body’s warning system signaling something is wrong. Most times, acute pain is quickly resolved, although it may last 3 to 6 months. We realize the importance of controlling acute pain to prevent it from becoming chronic.
Causes of acute pain include:
Broken bones and fractures
Burns or cuts
Labor and childbirth
Soft tissue injury, such as whiplash
Surgical pain (post-operative pain)
Chronic pain is defined as lasting longer than 6 months and being persistent and severe. Chronic pain is more difficult to treat. A multi-disciplinary approach, involving several specialists who offer treatment separately or simultaneously, has become a standard of care.
Chronic pain affects people physically and emotionally. Physical symptoms include muscle tension, loss of mobility, lack of energy and appetite. The emotional affects can be similarly devastating and include depression, anger, and anxiety.
Causes of chronic pain can include:
Degenerative disc disease and other spinal disorders
Nerve dysfunction (with or without nerve damage)
Soft tissue injury, such as trauma from a fall or motor vehicle accident
Unresolved disease or injury (psychogenic pain)
B Well Clinic will develop a treatment plan for you to relieve, reduce,
or manage your pain and help to return you to your everyday activities quickly and
without surgery or heavy reliance on medication.