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CHRONIC PAIN

Signs to look for: 

  • pain that last longer than six month
  • can be mild or excruciating
  • can be episodic or continuous
  • inconvenient or totally incapacitating
  • most common sources

- headaches              -  tendinitis                                    - pain affecting shoulders

- joint pain                -  sinus pain                                   - pain affecting hips

- pain from injury      -  carpal tunnel syndrome             - pain affecting neck

- backaches               -  generalized muscle or nerve pain

  • may originate from an initial trauma/injury or infection
  • there may be an ongoing cause of pain
  • can be in absence past injury or body damage
  • may be complicated by

-  stress

-  anxiety

-  depression

-  anger

-  fatigue

  • can suppress the immune system
  • psychological and physical aspects of the pain need to be addressed for effective treatment

symptoms:

-  mild to severe unrelenting pain

-  shooting, burning, aching or electrical

-  soreness, tightness or stiffness

 

Other problems associated with pain symptoms:

-  sleeplessness        -  hopeleness

-  fear                     -  depression

-  irritability              -  anxiety

-  withdrawal            -  disability

 

Treatment can vary depending on the cause of your chronic pain and can include:

-  medications – over-the-counter or rx

-  mind-body techniques

-  acupuncture

-  lifestyle changes

-  counseling

-  physical medicine modalities

-  chiropractic care

-  surgery

-  injections – epidural injections, nerve block injections or trigger point injections

-  spinal cord stimulator

-  pain pumps

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?


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