Posts Tagged: chronic pain

Spinal Decompression Therapy

back or neck pain
Spinal decompression therapy can provide relief from chronic neck or back pain

If you or someone you know suffers from chronic back or neck pain, spinal  decompression therapy may provide the long lasting relief you are looking for.

Spinal decompression treatments at Surrey Pain & Wellness chiropractic clinic are combined with a customized treatment plan to help ensure that your greatest potential for recovery is achieved.

Spinal decompression is done on a specialized table attached to a module that measures the exact parameters to adjust the spine and supports the body in a comfortable position for a prolonged period (about 15-20 minutes) to begin the necessary alignment required to reduce and eliminate painful conditions naturally without medication or surgery.

While some patients may experience immediate relief,  it is important to complete the entire treatment plan as prescribed by the chiropractor to ensure lasting re-alignment and recovery from pain.

If you suffer from chronic back or neck problems, spinal decompression therapy may be the treatment that provides lasting relief and finally  puts you on the road to recovery.    Visit our chiropractic clinic at Newton Crossing for a consult to find out more or read more about spinal decompression therapy at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic – Wellness Series Part 3 of 3

Is wellness physical health?  Quality of life?  Freedom from pain?

Health and wellness is all of these things.  Doctors and scientists have studied the lifestyles and genetics of people from different periods in history, from different cultures and environments to help understand health and longevity. This month the Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic blog is focusing on wellness – welcome to part three of this three part series, a focus on freedom from pain.

 

Freedom from Pain

Pain.  No one needs to describe what it feels like – we can all identify with it, whether it’s the intense sensation of a scrape, burn or injury or something much more serious.

Even if you don’t know the cause of your pain, pain tells us that something in our body isn’t right.  So do you visit the doctor? The chiropractor?  Physiotherapist or massage therapist?  Take medication? Vitamins?  All or none of the above?

When pain becomes chronic – generally lasting at least three months, it becomes something else entirely.    The physical and emotional core is stressed, fatigued and their day-to-day living is affected.  Chronic pain can undermines a person’s well-being,  productivity and even of the essence of who they are, as the focus of each day is on how to eradicate the pain and trying all of the above remedies, and many others.

Chronic pain is complex in that it can differ tremendously – even between individuals  who suffer from the exact same injury or disease.   This can be because of a co-existing condition or injury or many other environmental or psychological factors that must be factored into how an individual perceives and experiences pain.

Diagnosing Chronic Pain

There is no way to measure how pain varies between individuals, but first and foremost, health care providers must take the patient’s description and feedback into account.   This is probably more important than what the medical books suggest a patient could or should be feeling for any condition.

A full physical examination can provide more insight into the cause of chronic pain.  However, more detailed and technical examinations will likely be made and may include x-ray, MRI, EEG, blood tests, etc.

Managing & Treating Chronic Pain

The goal of pain management is to improve the day-to-day function and quality of life for the patient, and as mentioned that varies from person to person.

Whatever treatment regime is it is important to remember that chronic pain is treatable, and may require a combination of many approaches, such as physical activity, relaxation, nutrition and access to health care.  Different health care providers will also recommend different approaches or courses of treatment.  While it is important for patients who suffer from chronic pain to explore a range of different health care providers, it is always best to be up front with each as to what kinds of treatments, medications etc. have been used in the past.  Each patient should document this not only to share with other health care providers, but as a reference for themselves and a tool for making decisions on what is working and what is not.

Though chronic pain is an individual and personal health issue – it is also a major issue for public health, as well as  family, friends, employers and health care providers who are affected and need to give ongoing support for those who suffer from the physical as well as the emotional impact of chronic pain.

Chiropractic treatments can be useful in reducing  many kinds of pain, and may be most effective with chronic pain, since  pain  impacts the structure and function of the body – how you move, your posture and the quality of sleep you have.  Even organic disease causes reactions in the body’s skeletal and muscular functioning that can increase the level of pain in the body overall.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic welcomes feedback and insight for those who have suffered with chronic pain, whether or not chiropractic is a part of your current or ongoing recovery from chronic pain.

If you currently suffer from chronic pain or know someone who does, refer them to Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic for a consultation – our goal is to let the healing begin.  604.507.9929.

 

 

When to Consult a Medical Professional | Doctor or Chiropractor?

Should You Visit a Doctor or a Chiropractor for Back Pain?

Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic – Doctor or Chiropractor?

Any onset of sudden back pain following heavy work, exercise or minor fall usually results from a simple strain.  This may not be the case for elderly or those who have a history of a serious disease or chronic condition.  In these cases, a visit to your family doctor or local emergency room is recommended, depending on the severity and symptoms.

When to Consult a Doctor for Back Pain

  • Any severe back pain
  • Any trauma, such as a hard fall or a motor vehicle accident (with or without pain)
  • In the elderly or if the person has osteoporosis,  even a minor stumble or fall warrants immediate medical attention
  • Back pain is worse when lying down
  • The pain is accompanied by an unexplained fever
  • Low-level pain that is present for more than a month without any improvement
  • Any back pain and an unexplained weight loss
  • History of cancer
  • Long-term steroid use (this can weaken the bones and increase risk of fractures)
  • Recent onset of urinary tract problems such as pain or burning, increased frequency or infection
  • Back pain accompanied by leg weakness or numbness, the genital area or  buttocks; or accompanied by a change in the ability to urinate or have a bowel movement.  (These may be signs of spinal nerve injury.)

When to Consult a Chiropractor for Back Pain

If you suffer from chronic back pain, a chiropractor may prove to be very useful in relieving symptoms.  Chiropractic adjustments may  be more effective than physical therapy in certain cases or can be complementary to your physical or massage therapy program. On the other hand, if you have been to a physiotherapist, massage therapist, or even if you have had surgery on your back and have not experienced relief or improvement in your symptoms, a knowledgeable chiropractor can make all the difference.

If your pain is especially severe or you have been in chronic pain for more than three months, you may want to call your chiropractor for advice before deciding to head to the clinic in order to determine the best immediate course of action.  It may be best to rest and apply ice before seeking treatment if the pain is acute.  In any case, chiropractic care may prove to be very useful in relieving symptoms.

Many people don’t realize their spine is out of alignment, because symptoms can manifest in other parts of the body or the nervous system.  Treating the spine, which is the master system of the entire body, therefore affects all aspects of the body, including issues with:

  • Upper and lower back
  • Pelvis, hips, knees
  • Shoulders, elbows, wrists
  • Knees, feet, ankles
  • Muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • Soft tissue injuries

How to Find a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors are “primary contact” health care providers, which means you do not have to be referred to one by a physician or anyone else.  You may book the appointment yourself over the phone. Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic will also book an appointment for you online.

However, as with any other health care professional, referrals from friends and acquaintances are probably the best way to find a chiropractor that you trust.  Treatments and applications do vary between chiropractors, so be sure to ask your chiropractor questions about how he or she can help your specific issue and how long it might be before you expect results.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic will also be providing monthly information sessions about our services called “Let the Healing Begin.”  Call or email for more information.

Your Amazing Back | Understanding Back Pain

What symbolizes hard work, has the thickest skin on the body and yet is the number one cause of pain in adults?

Answer:  Your Amazing Back!

The spine is one of the most important parts of the body.  Without it, we could not stand or even sit upright.    The spine gives our body structure and support and carries the substantial weight of our head.  The spine allows us to move about freely, bend and provides the upper and lower body with range of motion.

The spine is also designed to protect our spinal cord.  The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects our brain with the rest of our body, allowing us to control movement.  Without the spinal cord, we could not move any part of our body, and the organs of the body simply could not function.

Keeping the spine healthy is vital if we are to live a healthy, active life.  About 60 and 80% of all adults will suffer with back pain at some time in their life, and up to 10% of this group will develop chronic back pain.

Clearly there are many more serious questions on how to deal with chronic pain of any kind, but first it might be helpful to understand the anatomy of the back.

The structures of the back consists of the spine (vertebrae), the joints (facet joints), discs between the vertebrae in the spine and finally the muscles and ligaments that hold it all together.

  • The facet joints provide range of motion in the spine
  • The intervertebral discs work as shock absorbers
  • The back bone supports the body’s weight
  • The vertebrae protect the spinal cord from injury

It is possible for any of these structures to become injured.  The most common injury is a sprain or strain of the ligaments and muscles – usually by a sudden movement or some repetitive strain .

A strain is  a stretching injury of a muscle, while a sprain is the stretch or tear of a ligament.

When a disc becomes injured, it will bulge or even tear.  If a tear in the disc is large enough, it can leak fluids onto the spinal nerve.  This condition is known as a herniated or ruptured disc.

Stiffness and pain caused by muscular strain is usually in the low back and can be felt when bending or twisting. Severe pain or pain that radiates into the calf or foot  and is accompanied by numbness or tingling can be a sign of a pinched nerve caused by herniation of one of the discs.

Pain that originates in the low back (lumbar spine) and radiating down the back of the leg along the distribution of the sciatic nerve is called sciatic pain or sciatica.

Acute back pain is defined as back or back-related let pain which is severe enough to restrict activity for less than three months.

Chronic back pain is defined as that which restricts activity for longer than about three months.

For more information on your amazing back, understanding back pain and on chiropractic, contact Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.