Acute pain usually comes on suddenly and can be severe in nature. It can be caused by a specific trauma, disease, or overuse from repetitive activities. It usually does not last for periods longer than 30 days.
Acute pain that is the result of a specific trauma is easy for most people to identify, however, repetitive trauma or disease requires more investigative work.
Our everyday life is filled with ongoing activities that we do not usually associate with being harmful. For example, most office workers sit at a computer for the majority of the day. Sitting in general is very compressive on the spine, especially when sitting with poor posture. In addition, typing on a keyboard and using a mouse can result in additional overuse strain to our arms, neck and back. These activities do not seem harmful at the time, but after years of performing these activities everyday, we accumulate scar tissue in our muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. This leads to a decrease in the elasticity of our tissues, resulting in additional strain, and ultimately leading to everyday pain and injury.
It would be ideal if you could be evaluated before you experience symptoms. However, most people are unaware of the changes that are occurring in their bodies, so they wait until they are in pain before they see their doctor. If you are experiencing symptoms, such as pain, stiffness, weakness, numbness, and/or a decrease in range of motion, you should schedule an appointment immediately. We offer a variety of drug-free, pain-relieving options that can help you find the relief you’re looking for and return you to proper function.
Chronic pain generally lasts longer than than three months. It can range from intermittent and mild in intensity, to constant and debilitating. Many people who experience this type of every day pain and try many options, hoping to find a solution that finally affords them the relief they are desperately seeking.
Unfortunately, many chronic pain sufferers fall into a vicious cycle. They tend to avoid activities that would benefit them, such as exercise. This leads to a decrease in physical fitness and a deconditioning of their bodies. As this cycle continues, pain intensity may become even more severe, resulting in even less physical activity. Their pain will continue to spin out of control until a proper intervention is made.
Research has shown us that exercise and physical activity, in combination with rehabilitative care, can lead to the restoration of normal function, ultimately decreasing pain. We have found great success with our chronic pain patients, using customized individual care plans that are goal-oriented and focus on restoration of function, and not just pain relief. In addition to receiving hands-on care, our patients receive exercise plans that work within a pain-free range of motion. These exercises will eventually reintroduce our patients to physical activity, restoring fitness, and allowing them to become more comfortable and confident to exercise on their own.