What Type of Pain Are You Dealing With?
By Donna Stark
It seems the more common pain becomes in our everyday lives, the more accepted it becomes as well, doesn't it? And that isn't very helpful because so few people really understand the toll pain can have on a person's life and overall health. Many compare it to something as simple as a bad day at work and think that with enough rest, time, and heating pads, it will slowly disappear. But unfortunately, a hot sack of rice isn't always the best solution, is it?
Types of Pain
Diagnosing pain can be difficult to do, but before we can begin to do anything about it, we must first be able to distinguish exactly what type it is. Pain typically falls under two categories, acute and chronic.
Acute pain always comes on suddenly, is usually caused by a clear and defining moment, and usually does not last any longer than six weeks. If there is anything to be thankful about acute pain, it's that it is often short-lived and that a full recovery can occur rather quickly. Here are some examples of acute pain.
- Broken bones
- Sprains and strains
- Dental work
- Stubbed toes and hangnails
Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain that simply decides to unpack and move right in with you. Sometimes it is caused by an injury or illness you can identify, but there are times when it occurs without any obvious event. This is the type of pain that can be devastating. It can degrade the quality of your life and make simple tasks completely unbearable to do. Here are some examples of this type of pain.
- Headaches and migraines
- Nerve disorders
- Low back pain
Getting the Correct Diagnosis
Since there are so many potential and underlying reasons why the body may be experiencing pain, it's important to seek help right away so you can get an accurate diagnosis and make sure the treatments you will be receiving are the right ones for your issue. And the person you choose for the diagnosis must be someone who has a stellar reputation and an undeniable record of quality care. Fortunately, you can find someone like that at The Joint Chiropractic! So, if your body is starting to hurt and you aren't sure what kind of pain issue you may be dealing with, come on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today! They can't wait to get you on the right path to immediate healing!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in La Mesa, Calif.