Chronic pain is usually defined by pain in an area of the body lasting longer than 6 weeks. While it may sound crazy to have pain lasting that long, about 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain with an estimated cost of 600 billion dollars per year in medical treatments. While these drugs and treatments do little to treat the cause of chronic pain, the number of people who suffer from this will surely continue to rise each year. Here are some scary facts about entering the medical system with chronic pain.
A recent study found that 12.6 percent of all primary care visits made by Americans between 2002 and 2009 involved prescriptions for sedatives and/or narcotic painkillers (opioids). The study also found that:
Whenever there are symptoms, chronic pain being one of them, there is ALWAYS a cause. For some people, there may be multiple causes that need to be addressed. However, chronic pain does not happen from a lack of painkillers and medications in the system therefore it does not make sense to treat it that way. Changes must take place in nutrition, exercise and lifestyle approaches, but most importantly within the brain and spinal cord.
Dr. George Khoury and his staff at Advanced Health Chiropractic experienced in optimizing function within the spine and nervous system. When there is loss of function and movement within the spine, sometimes even nerve irritation, the body will produce pain signals. Therefore by allowing the spine and nerves to heal naturally the body can start to heal from the inside. If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic pain call the office today for an evaluation.
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