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What is Chronic Pain?

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is pain that persists beyond the expected healing time for a particular health problem. With chronic pain, pain signals in your nervous system keep firing for weeks, months, and even years, in some cases. Chronic pain may be associated with a definitive cause or condition (e.g., spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, etc.) or it may caused by less well understood factors. Combating chronic pain can be a lifelong struggle for some individuals. If you suffer from chronic pain, read on to learn about a unique treatment approach to this problem and how it can improve your quality of life.

Condition Information
Chronic pain can take a significant physical and emotional toll on you. And the emotional toll of chronic pain can worsen your symptoms, leading to a vicious cycle of pain and exhaustion. The following problems may be caused by chronic pain and reduce your body’s production of natural painkillers:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Fatigue


Chronic pain can affect people of all ages, though this health problem is most commonly seen in older adults. In some cases, a person may experience multiple coexisting chronic pain conditions, such as:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Endometriosis
  • TMJ disorders
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Causes & Symptoms
Chronic pain can arise due to an initial problem (e.g., ligament sprain, serious infection, etc.) or from an ongoing health problem (e.g., cancer, arthritis, etc.). In some cases, a person who experiences chronic pain may have no apparent underlying factors, such as a past injury or tissue damage.

Some of the most common causes of chronic pain include:

  • Low back pain
  • Headache
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve or spinal cord damage


Chronic pain ranges from mild to severe, varies in quality (i.e., it can be shooting, burning, aching, or shock-like), and may cause any of the following sensations:

  • Discomfort
  • Soreness
  • Tightness
  • Stiffness

Other signs or symptoms that may accompany chronic pain include:

  • Fatigue
  • Inability to sleep
  • Reduced immunity
  • Mood changes
  • Withdrawal from usual activities of daily living
  • Disability

Treatment
Conventional medical care for chronic pain, including chronic neck and back pain, is not always effective. Fibrous scar tissue around your spinal joints—from trauma, repetitive injuries, failed surgery, etc.—can cause chronic pain and is difficult to treat with physical therapy, injections, and other customary methods. Manipulation under anesthesia (MUA), however, is an approach that can treat your chronic pain at a very deep level and provide lasting relief. MUA is a safe, noninvasive procedure that is performed in a hospital or surgical center by a team of qualified experts, including a chiropractic physician who has advanced training in this unique healing discipline. The mild sedation used in MUA treatments allows the attending physician to target problematic areas with extraordinary precision.

Next Steps
Contact Dr. Wolstein to find out more about MUA, including if you are a good candidate for this 3-day outpatient procedure. Dr. Wolstein offers free consultations to anyone interested in learning more about MUA and how it can eliminate chronic pain.