Powerful New Thinking On Pain Relief
Chiropractor in Amarillo TX sheds light on the issue of chronic pain relief and climbing out of it
Let us get started by pointing out that there are really two main different types of pain when we are talking about how long the pain has been nagging at us.
1. Acute Pain and Subacute Pain- this is pain that has been lasting less than approximately 3-6 months or so. Acute is very new and significant pain and is probably less than 2 weeks old. Subacute is typically 2 weeks up to 3 months or so.
2. Chronic Pain - This is pain that is felt every day for 3 months or more. The National Pain Strategy also defines chronic pain as having pain at least every other day for six months or more.
The big difference between the two big types of pain is in how they need to be treated in order to get rid of them. Acute pain or subacute pain is relatively straightforward and a mixture of time and a healthcare practitioner can usually get it knocked out relatively quickly.
Chronic pain, on the other hand, can be more of an issue. It makes perfect sense that pain that has been affecting a patient for 15 years is much more difficult to treat than is pain that has only been hurting for a week or so.
Treatment For Back Pain Has Changed
There was a day when, for a bad back, your doctor would tell you to take some pills, lie down in bed, and let the pain pass. We now know that that may have been the worst advice a healthcare provider could ever give for something like a painful back. That is not to attack the medical profession. Healthcare progresses as we learn more and more over time. Then recommendations get updated. For example, we now know that the best thing you can do for a bad back is to typically get moving.
We have seen patients that have come in riding in a wheelchair because they hurt so bad they could not walk. For patients hurting on this level, some very brief bed rest may be appropriate but, in general, the best course of action is movement. Consider when a patient has an appendectomy, a gall bladder out, or gives birth. While it may sound like high-level torture, you may have noticed that the staff and nurses have those patients up and walking the halls just as soon as possible.
Without continuing to get too deeply into the specific ways chronic pain can be treated, I want to call attention to new recommendations from one of the biggest medical associations, the American College of Physicians, who now recommend spinal manipulative therapy as a first-line treatment for back pain. That was backed up by the American Family Physicians in October of 2020. This is GREAT news for patients AND chiropractors!!
Diving into the recommendations, you may be surprised to hear that they don't recommend going straight for shots or surgery. They don't even recommend MRIs and x-rays all of the time either. Your first-line treatment for back pain is spinal manipulative therapy, exercise, massage, acupuncture, heat, low-level laser, yoga, tai chi, and cognitive behavior therapy.
Chiropractors do most of that, folks.
Spinal Manipulative Therapy
Spinal Manipulative Therapy is what chiropractors do. That is the cornerstone of almost every chiropractor's practice. The 'popping' and moving bones around a little here and a little there. That's what we are known for.
"What's the difference between physical therapy and exercise/rehabilitation?" you might ask. Well, the physical therapy profession owns the term 'physical therapy' so.....there's the difference. While PTs may own the term and other professions are not allowed to use it, that does not mean they own exercise or the ability to teach it and develop it. Chiropractors have been teaching exercises and leading their patients through exercise for years now.
I would argue that exercise/rehab is even bigger now in chiropractic offices than it has ever been before because more and more quality information continues to emerge centered around activity and movement.
Massage in Amarillo Texas
Massage in Amarillo TX is easy to find. It seems there are Amarillo massage establishments on every other corner. While massage therapy in Amarillo is easy to find, a massage therapist in Amarillo that can target your pain and the source of it may be a little harder to find.
The first thing you need to do is make sure they're licensed. You can do that by searching the licensing board. It is different for every state but here in Texas, you can click HERE to find out for sure.
Here at Creek Stone, since we do not depend on income from massages in Amarillo to pay our rent, we are able to keep prices very competitive and, shall we say, 'advantageous to your wallet or checkbook??"'
Acupuncture in Amarillo Texas
We have an acupuncturist available here at Creek Stone as well. Acupuncture in Amarillo TX has become quite the popular service. Once the VA system started sending veterans to Creek Stone for chiropractic and acupuncture, it seems like a light switch was flipped on because more and more people are starting to discover the benefits of acupuncture. It's been exciting to watch it go from a little-used service here in Amarillo to one that has gained so much acceptance and is being used more and more regularly. And not just by younger, hipper folks either. It's being used by older, more 'seasoned' men and women that have been in the middle of life and death battle in the military.
Low-level laser is now on the map in the eyes of the American College of Physicians and the American Family Physicians. It's great for inflammation, sprains and strains, and the speeding up of healing.
Spinal Decompression in Amarillo Texas
Spinal decompression is THE way to avoid surgery for disc injury, stenosis, and/or pain, numbness, or tingling into the arms or legs. We've seen the worst cases about to go through surgery clear up and resolve completely. Just through non-surgical spinal decompression.
These are just some of the ways we have been able to get patients better faster. All based around evidence-based recommendations that have come down from the biggest entities in the medical profession.
Basically, there is no need to continue to suffer pain. Regardless of how long it has been sticking around, if the patient is all-in and willing to be a good teammate, we can usually do something about it.
Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is a Fellowship-trained Neuromusculoskeletal specialist and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Care at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.