Damage to muscles, nerves, discs, tendons, and other structures in the body can lead to pain that ranges from mild to serious. This pain might occur periodically, or it might occur as persistent, lingering discomfort. When pain becomes frequent or severe enough to interfere with day-to-day tasks and activities, chiropractic care offers relief. At Acute and Wellness Chiropractic Clinic, in Manassas, Virginia, Dr. Joe Mikluscak provides pain relief that allows patients to resume their regular activities. Call the office today for a consultation.

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What are common causes of pain?

Pain occurs when nerves in the body are damaged or when something presses on them, such as an out of position spinal disc. Common causes of pain include herniated discs in the back, whiplash in the neck, and sciatic pain in the lower back. Injuries to tendons, bones, muscles, or ligaments also cause pain. Further, regular wear and tear associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic conditions lead to persistent soreness and stiffness. Finding the cause of pain through a physical exam and imaging tests helps determine a course of treatment.

What treatments are there for pain relief?

Treatments for pain relief involve easing pressure on affected nerves or reducing inflammation. The exact treatment type depends on what kind of pain the patient is in, where it occurs, how severe it is, and what’s causing it. Common treatments include taking over-the-counter pain relievers, putting ice or heat on the sore area, and avoiding activities that make pain worse. In serious cases, surgery might be necessary to correct the cause of pain, such as a complete fracture.

How does chiropractic care provide pain relief?

Chiropractic treatment focuses on restoring the body to natural balance. While spinal manipulation and chiropractic adjustments may relieve acute pain by removing pressure on particular nerve bundles, that’s only some of the benefits. Consider a car after a small accident, where a fender is pushed in and rubbing against a tire. Relieving acute pain is akin to pulling the bent fender away from the tire. This initial problem is corrected, but the fender is hardly repaired. It requires more attention, such as fixing dents and repainting, before it’s back to its pre-accident condition. Restoring the spine to alignment starts the natural healing process and it’s necessary to support this with continued care to prevent recurrence.

How can patients prevent pain from coming back?

Chiropractic care provides effective pain relief, but patients should also take steps to reduce the risk of recurring soreness. Doing physical therapy exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles in the affected area is among the most effective ways to prevent pain from recurring. Also, eating nutritious foods and maintaining a healthy weight reduce the risk of experiencing pain again.