Chronic or persistent pain is an unabated condition that lasts for more than 12 weeks, irrespective of medication or treatment. Chronic pain sufferers often find themselves experiencing not only the pain, but also a loss of mobility, reduced energy, and stamina, and even episodes of depression as the thoughts of continued suffering without any hope for improvement loom in their minds. As a result, it may be challenging to complete even basic daily tasks or activities, to engage with their spouse or family members, and to lead a productive life.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50 million Americans have chronic pain. Although pain is only a component of an underlying cause, it is a rapidly emerging health concern by itself. It results in adverse effects on individuals, families, and our society as a whole.
Whole-Person Approach and Individualized Care Plans
Backed by over 30 years of experience, Dr. Brett Franson, a leading chiropractor in Houston, helps you cope with, and more importantly, overcome chronic pain. His gentle and effective whole-person approach enables you to heal so that you can live a fully functional life.
Dr. Franson addresses your body as a whole and understands that there’s a lot more to a person than their physical body. He goes beyond the pain to recognize your emotions, history, psychology, stress levels, and experience, as well as postural and behavioral habits. When there’s a functional loss, his expertise and clinical approach help you regain your body’s harmony with time-tested procedures.
What Are the Causes of Chronic Pain?
Often, chronic pain is a result of a previous injury, scar tissue, chronic adaptive patterns, and unrelenting stress that continues to overwhelm your brain and body. It stresses your spine and compromises your nerves. With time, the pain intensifies and becomes long-lasting. As a result, you lose normal function until you’re able to restore it.
However, if your chronic pain is not due to these issues but is the result of an underlying health condition, you should address this and take appropriate actions, such as visiting a disease care specialist.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CFS is extreme fatigue or tiredness that won’t go away with rest and recovery and can become worse with physical and mental activity. CFS is a complicated condition with unknown origins, and most medical treatments focus solely on symptom relief. However, there are other approaches which use various methods, and Dr. Franson employs many of these to help people who are committed to making progress.
Repetitive stress injury also leads to chronic pain as the same movements can put pressure on a particular body part. Repetitive stress can result in ‘Chronic Adaptive Patterns’, which can further distort your body and affect your energy levels, mood, and overall sense of well-being.
Broken bones, endometriosis, cancer, joint problems, and a myriad of other underlying conditions can also cause chronic pain. Conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis may also lead to significant, chronic pain.
Watch out for the most common types of chronic pain:
Lower back pain
Pain caused by nerve damage (neurogenic pain)
Pain unrelated to disease, injury or nerve damage (psychogenic pain, very common)
Steps in the Chronic Pain Treatment:
Both the doctor and you get to ask each other questions to find out what is really going on with you.
Next, a thorough evaluation is performed to determine what areas of your spine and nerve system need attention.
Once the diagnosis is complete, the next step is establishing an appropriate care plan specifically designed for your particular situation.
Care plans are simple and straight forward and include spinal adjustments – small, precise forces applied by hand to vital areas of your spine and nerve system to restore lost function.
The doctor also suggests postural and behavioral changes so that you can be active in your own progress, and utilize what you learn for the rest of your life.