Chiropractic Care for Pain Management
Pain management is difficult for any injury or condition, but when it comes to the musculoskeletal system, these negative health outcomes can be crippling. The spine is the main component of our body’s foundation, and we rely on the spine for our upright posture, our ability to walk and move as we do, and so much more.
Chiropractic care is based in non-invasive treatments for musculoskeletal injuries in not only the spine, but in various other parts of the body as well. Even if there is a problem with the knees or the hips, chiropractors will usually find that there is some sort of alignment problem with the spine, with certain vertebrae out of place or any other structural characteristic of the spine.
If there are in fact problems with the spine’s alignment, this can lead to chronic pain in multiple locations throughout the body. Not knowing the source of chronic pain can be frustrating for the patient and chiropractors may be able to play a role in easing these concerns.
Chiropractic care can also be an asset to pain management even if the pain is not related to a musculoskeletal condition. Diabetes patients are afflicted with nerve pain in the extremities and chiropractic care can be applied in these scenarios to bring proper functioning to the nerves in these areas. Fibromyalgia patients also experience widespread pain that is rooted in the nervous system, which is closely intertwined with the musculoskeletal system.
A non-profit organization known as the Influential Joint Commission recently adjusted its Provisions of Care, Treatment, and Services guidelines to include chiropractic care as a method of pain management that does not involve any type of pharmaceutical medication. In order to carry out this process, the Influential Joint Commission conducted a literature review to understand the body of research surrounding chiropractic care and pain management.
No one should have to deal with chronic pain and every individual should be afforded the opportunity to mediate his or her pain. There is an increasing prevalence of addiction to prescription medication in the United States, and many in chiropractic care and other disciplines stress the need to avoid pharmaceuticals in pain management. In turning to chiropractic care, patients with chronic care can avoid the potential for addiction and ineffective treatment pathways.