Thousands of people live each day with chronic pain. This pain cannot always be explained or even cured, often leading to a cycle of failed treatments and frustration. Chronic pain has become so prevalent that the practice of pain management, or pain medicine, has become much more important.
Chiropractic care is one of the many potential facets of pain management. Given its gentle, non-invasive nature, Ideal Spine encourages patients to use chiropractic as a “pillar” of their chronic pain management program.
Pain management is often considered a response to a diagnosis, but it is much more than that. The practice of pain management serves many roles in the realm of chronic back pain; its techniques are not solely for injury recovery. As chiropractors, we must understand these roles to best serve our patients’ needs through treatment methods, as well as referrals to other pain specialists.
It’s important to remind patients that pain management programs may be useful at many stages of their recovery process. Chiropractic pain management may help chronic back pain patients in the following ways:
- Identify the source of back pain: Pain treatments like chiropractic may help in the identification of the root cause of pain. Although this generally requires a process of testing abilities and may not produce immediate results, chiropractors may eventually be able to identify where the patient’s pain is coming from. Then, they can create a more appropriate course of pain management.
- Provide an alternative to surgery: Chiropractic care may be part of a pain management program to help a patient reduce their pain without surgery. Many people prefer to pursue non-invasive pain management methods initially, treating surgery as a last resort. Gentle chiropractic manipulations – as well as other methods like physical therapy exercises and massage – may provide the relief the patient needs without severe measures like surgical intervention.
- Rehabilitate the patient after surgery: Some patients with chronic back pain might require surgery to stabilize the spine or repair musculoskeletal damage. After surgery, many patients experience heightened pain and seek to manage it as the body recovers. Alternative forms of pain management like chiropractic may be useful to help rehabilitate the patient and allow the body to heal properly. These treatment methods may also be useful in the long term if the patient continues to experience pain even after surgery and healing.
- Teach patients how to manage their pain: Pain management is not a static process. It encompasses both professional treatment and patient action. To that end, pain management professionals should use their expertise to teach patients how to effectively manage their pain on their own at home. All kinds of patients – including those who have undergone surgery and who are using alternative methods in place of surgery – may benefit from a greater understanding of their agency in relation to their chronic pain.
No two patients will experience chronic pain in exactly the same way. The differing physical, neurological, and psychological aspects of pain require a unique perspective and treatment program.
At Ideal Spine, we teach chiropractors how to leverage our understanding of the body to potentially treat or alleviate pain in patients, regardless of the presence of an identifiable source. Chiropractors must remember and inform others of the many roles pain medicine has when it comes to chronic pain, to help make patients’ lives easier.
If you are a patient experiencing chronic back pain, seek a chiropractor trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to learn how their pain management programs may help you along every step of your healing journey.
Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.