Pain that hasn’t subsided after three to six months is considered chronic. Kevin Granger, DC, and the team at Nutritional Wellness in Clearwater, Florida, understand that chronic pain often doesn’t respond to conventional treatments, such as pain medication. At their office, the team uses holistic, noninvasive chiropractic therapies and nutrition plans to relieve chronic pain. To learn more, call Nutritional Wellness today.
Understanding the type of pain you have can help the team at Nutritional Wellness create the right personalized treatment plan for you. There are many different types of pain, but the most common are:
Acute pain is a short-term type of pain that typically develops as the result of an injury or sudden tissue damage. This type of pain shouldn’t last more than six months, but it can feel sharp and intense before it improves. Some of the most common causes of acute pain include cuts, burns, surgery, and broken bones.
Chronic pain is any type of pain that lasts for three to six months or more. It’s typically difficult to identify the cause of chronic pain, and the pain itself can range from mild to severe. While chronic pain often develops from tissue damage or a healed injury, it can also be the result of a mental health disorder, such as anxiety and depression. Other examples of chronic pain include arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, and nerve damage.
Nociceptive pain is a common type of pain that stimulates the nociceptors responsible for tissue injury pain. These pain receptors run throughout your entire body, so you may experience nociceptive pain after nearly any type of injury or tissue damage, including cuts, bruises, and organ pain.
Neuropathic pain is the result of nerve dysfunction or damage. Most people don’t experience neuropathic pain after a specific injury. Instead, this type of pain often develops from a chronic condition, including diabetes, chronic alcohol consumption, or spinal nerve compression.
Chronic pain is particularly difficult to diagnose, as it often doesn’t have a clear cause like an acute injury or neuropathic pain. Fortunately, there are many different tests that can help identify the reason behind your pain.
The team at Nutritional Wellness may evaluate your reflexes, balance, and coordination to look for signs of imbalances and deficiencies that can contribute to chronic pain. Certain laboratory tests, including blood tests, urinalysis, and even fluid samples from the brain and spinal cord can also help identify the cause of your pain. In addition, the team may recommend an imaging test, such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The team at Nutritional Wellness uses a variety of techniques to treat all forms of pain. Some of the most common treatments they use are:
Nutrition Response Testing identifies tissues and organs that aren’t functioning properly by checking the connection of nerves from the brain to the rest of your body. Dr. Granger and the team perform this test by assessing your reflexes and responses to certain pressures and movements. This helps the team find any nutritional deficiencies that can inhibit your body’s ability to heal. Finally, they create a supplement and dietary plan that targets your needs.
As a certified chiropractic physician, Dr. Granger has extensive training in every chiropractic technique, including the Chiro-Manis treatment, the Gonstead Technique, trigger point therapy, and the diversified technique. Chiropractic techniques help align your spine with the rest of your body for optimal function and mobility to reduce inflammation and pain.
Schedule an appointment with the team today by calling Nutritional Wellness.