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Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is classified as ongoing and persistent pain lasting longer than three months. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and frequency and intensity can worsen or stay the same. Commonly, pain is dull and achy and can be very unpleasant for patients. Many people experience chronic pain in their neck, shoulder, middle back, lower back and hip.

At ELIA Chiropractic, we use a thorough assessment and examination process and a range of chiropractic treatment techniques to help find the root cause of your chronic pain. You will discuss your pain experience with your chiropractor, including factors of lifestyle, work and leisure habits, health history and pre-existing conditions, as well as the history of injuries.

Approximately one in five Australians experience chronic pain, most experienced in women.

Common causes of chronic pain include:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Illness – physical or mental
  • Previous Injury
  • Surgeries
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Repetitive stress on the body

Should I put up with and ignore chronic pain?

No. Pain is a sign that the body is not functioning optimally! You should never push through constant or recurring pain. Identification and management of chronic pain is recommended by our Chiropractors as early as possible.

How can chronic pain affect your life?
Chronic pain can affect a person’s life in many ways, for example:

  • Reduce and limit the function of movement
  • Cause constant stiffness and tightness
  • Decreased energy and productivity
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Sleep and mood disturbances
  • Reduced function of normal daily activities
  • Increase stress levels – physical and mental states

Chronic pain can affect a person’s quality of life by reducing one’s ability to perform normal daily activities and has led to a range of mental health conditions, like anxiety and depression.

Chronic pain, Medication & Chiropractic Care
Many people are told pain medication is the best way to live pain-free lives. However, as we know, pain medication does not address the underlying cause of pain.
Chiropractic care has been known to be a restorative approach to pain relief for patients with chronic pain. Chiropractic can be a natural alternative designed to correct misalignment or compression responsible for creating pain and inflammation and restoring the normal function of the person’s nervous system.

What can I do about chronic pain?
The first step would be to come in for a chiropractic consultation with one of our Chiropractors to talk about your chronic pain.

What is the best treatment for chronic pain?
Chronic pain can occur from a variety of origins. The first step is to identify where this pain is coming from. Our Chiropractors consult and effectively manage many patients with chronic pain associated with musculoskeletal and nervous system conditions. 

They will help you find a holistic path to optimal health that utilises diagnosing and treating conditions relating to muscles, soft tissues, joints, the spine and the nervous system. You’ll also cover your lifestyle, work habits, leisure habits, health history, pre-existing conditions and history of injuries. Your chiropractor may decide that some imaging and diagnostic tools will help to identify the root cause of your pain.