In truth, chiropractors are usually skilled at treating practically all kinds of pain, whether they fall into the acute category or the chronic category. Acute pains tend to have immediate causes, in which short-term damage is done to localized tissue, for instance when a child scrapes their knees falling on a sidewalk. Chronic pain is of much longer duration, and is often associated with the presence of some disease such as arthritis, but can also occur as a result of repetitive motions, strains, and overuse injuries.
Because chiropractors are very knowledgeable about nerve stimulation and response, they are particularly well-qualified for the treatment of many kinds of pain. Chiropractic doctors study the system of neural pathways between the brain and every other part of the body, so they understand what causes pain and how to help alleviate it. Here are 5 types of pain that your El Cajon chiropractor is particularly adept at treating.
- Repetitive stress injuries
Typically these kinds of pain result from manual labor or tasks generally associated with using modern devices and working in an office setting. For instance, carpal tunnel has become a fairly widespread problem for people who work with a desktop computer and mouse. Repetitive strain due to manual labor often occurs in a factory setting, where the same task is performed all day long, several days a week, thus straining muscles in the arms, shoulders, or hands.
2. Arthritis pain
There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis, affecting people of all ages around the world, and this group of joint diseases is one of the world’s leading causes of disability. Arthritis pain can be mild, moderate, or severe, and it can involve swelling, joint stiffness, and a decreased range of motion for the affected joints.
3. Back and neck pain
These types of pain typically fall into three categories, which are associated with the areas of the upper body, the middle of the back, and the lower portion of the back. Pain is sometimes muscle-related, for instance pain caused by whiplash, muscle strain, a pinched nerve, or a herniated disc. It can also be due to joint disease, or even a fracture in the lumbar region.
4. Radiating pain issues
Radiating pain throughout the arms and shoulders can be caused by a pinched nerve, which produces a kind of numbness or tingling sensation. If radiating pain occurs in the area of thighs or legs, it might be as a result of nerve damage from sciatica.
5. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Complex regional pain syndrome is generally characterized by symptoms such as burning pain, decreased ability to move certain body parts, or swelling and stiffness in joints. The causes of CRPS are not well understood, but in some cases it causes inflammation due to an abnormal triggering of the immune response, which actually inhibits the healing process. Because of this lack of scientific understanding, treatment of CRPS sometimes involves managing symptoms rather than attempts at curing its causes.
Managing your pain
Contact your El Cajon chiropractor at Adamo Chiropractic Center about your specific type of pain, whatever it may be, to determine the best course of action for the relief of your symptoms.