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Understanding the Root Cause of Pain: Why Sports Chiropractic Care May be an Answer

Pain is a common concern that affects millions of people worldwide. Spine related disabilities are the leading cause of absenteeism in the workplace and Years Lived with Disabillty (YLD's) globally. It can be a caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, trauma, underlying medical conditions, and can be exacerbated by psychological stress. While there are several treatment options available, chiropractic care (spinal manipulation in particular) has emerged as one of the most effective and natural ways to alleviate spinal pain. In this article, we'll discuss some of the root causes of pain and how spors chiropractic care can help provide a lasting solution.

Pain can be classified into two broad categories - acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is usually defined by pain that is lasting less than 30 days. Acute pain is usually caused by an injury or trauma and lasts for a 0-30 day window. Chronic pain, on the other hand, can last for months or even years. (Subacute pain is sometimes classified by a 30-90 day window in the medical community). If left untreated, acute pain can transition to subacute and then to chronic pain. If this occurs and pain persists into the chronic category, it typically has a much higher likelihood of persisting and affecting your life in a dramatic way. Your world can get smaller because you end up doing less and less as time goes by. First, you stop going to the gym because of pain; then you can't go on long walks; then you can't go up the stairs, so you take the elevator; then you tend to sit down more and more and become get my point.

If this pain originates from a musculoskeletal cause, chiropractors (and sports chiropractors in particular) are in a unique position to be able to help resolve this pain, whether acute or chronic. Sports chiriopractors can diagnose the issue using movement based assessments combined with medical orthopedic and functional testing, finding out what exactly the problem is and how dysfunctional movement patterns (compensations) are further contributing to the pain. Restoring proper function to areas that have become dysfunctional as a result of the injury itself, or from the compensations that occur in response to the injury, is one of the most critical parts to the healing process.

Sports chiropractors' overall goal is to get you to move with strength and confidence - to help you become more robust in your environment. They do this by combining spinal manipulation to the areas of the spine that are restricted, applying myofascial release muscles in spasm or are very tight, modalities to help accelerate recovery in damaged tissues, and rehab to help you move with strength and confidence. This combination, along with modifying lifetyle factors, is one fo the most effective and natural wasys to approach pain management for musculoskeletal issues. This is done naturally, without drugs or surgery (unless they are indicated).

Pain can be debilitating and affect every aspect of your life. While there are several treatment options available, chiropractic care has emerged as one of the most effective and natural ways to alleviate pain. By understanding the root cauases of pain and how chiropractic care can help, you can take control of your pain and live a healthy, pain free life.

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