Pain Management Helps With Sports, Auto and Work Injuries

Injuries occur every day. Thousands of people get injured at work, while playing sports, have auto accidents etc. Injuries which develop from them range from minor to chronic. It could even leave you with chronic – long-term – pain.

Sports Injuries

Every year there are more than seven million sports related injuries. Poor training practices, accidents, being out of shape, not having the proper protective gear, and not warming up properly cause sports injuries yearly. The most common sports injuries include of minor aches and pains due to sprains and strains, Achilles tendon injuries, fractures and dislocations, knee injuries, swollen muscles etc.  Sports injuries should be immediately looked at by a doctor, especially if there is numbness, swelling or severe pain, feels abnormal or unstable. Sport injuries can lead to long-term pain even after treatment. The largest age group affected is those between the ages of five and 24, making up half the injuries.  (more…)

The Gate Control Theory of Chronic Pain

The Gate Control Theory of Chronic Pain is a famous theory about how pain works, devised by Patrick Wall and Ronald Melzack in 1965. The gate control theory of pain asserts that non-painful input closes the “gates” to painful input, which prevents pain sensation from traveling to the central nervous system. Therefore, stimulation by non-noxious input is able to suppresses pain.

Pain is a complex process that is experienced differently in various situations and is influenced by a countless number of factors. One’s experience of pain depends on how the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system interact in the way they process pain signals. The central nervous system comprises of the spinal cord and the brain. While, the peripheral nervous system include nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord, branching nerves in the torso and extremities, as well as nerves in the lumbar spine region. (more…)

Common Side Effects from Pain Medications

Common Side Effects from Pain Medications

All medicines have side effects. While pain medications will help relieve your pain, sometimes they might be accompanied by side effects that may be bothersome or even problematic, such as stroke or heart attack. But, many side effects can be managed so that you can still take the medicine. It is important you read the side blurb on your prescription bottle to know the possible side effects and watch out for them. If you notice any side effect when taking any medication, please let your doctor know. Your doctor may either change your dose or the medicine itself. If you are taking any medicine regularly for longer than a couple of weeks, it is important you provide your doctor feedback so your medications can be monitored. (more…)

What is Referred Pain?

Referred pain, or reflective pain, simply means when you feel pain at places other than where the painful stimulus or cause is located. This occurs because the nerves that feed some parts of the body also feed other parts of the body. Therefore, stimulation by a pain source of that nerve in one part of the body can cause the sensation of that pain in a different part of the body. An example of referred pain is when you feel pain in your left arm while suffering a heart attack. Neuroscientists still do not know precisely which anatomical connections are responsible for referred pain.

Referred Pain Chart

Conscious perception of visceral sensations map to specific regions of the body, as shown in this chart. Some sensations are felt locally, whereas others are perceived as affecting areas that are quite distant from the involved organ.(Via Wikipedia)

Talk to your doctor about what referred pain treatments you should use and about whether you might need referral to a specialist to help figure out what is going on

Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a painful condition that affects the muscles and the sheath of the fascia tissue around the muscles. It is characterized by chronic pain caused by multiple trigger points and fascial constrictions. Myofascial pain syndrome is a referred pain, since pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) cause pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. Referred pain simply means when you feel pain at places other than where the painful stimulus or cause is located. Similar to fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome is believed to affect the muscle itself while fibromyalgia disrupts the way the brain processes pain signals. Chronic myofascial pain syndrome often occurs in people between the ages of 30 and 60 years. It affects men and women equally. (more…)

Get Chiropractic Treatment after your Car Accident

Car accidents, however minor, could seriously injure the spine. In most collisions, the back and forth motion causes the spine to snap towards and backwards. This jerky motion may cause severe injuries to the back vertebrate, resulting in pain and loss of function. Our chiropractor will align the vertebrate into place, relieving your pain.

The spine is made up of a series of interlocking vertebrate and nerves from the spinal cord run through. Discs that cushion lay between each vertebrate. The main goal of the spine is to protect the cord and act as the core of the body. During the impact from a car accident, these vertebrate can become pushed out-of-place. Or, they might trap important nerves or cause the discs between the vertebrate to become damaged. When this happens, the patient will suffer from severe pain until the vertebrate is aligned back. (more…)