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Why do i have chronic pain?

Chronic pain is perceived by most people as a serious illness while in reality, one in five average adults of Australia suffer from some form of long-standing discomfort. APSOC(The Australian Pain Society) states statistics rise to one in three adults as they reach the age of 65.
There are a small portion of chronic pain sufferers which cannot be treated with modern day interventions. In saying so, they usually can be well managed to limit their discomfort. It is important for your local health practitioner to inspect the area of concern so they can help determine what are the possible underlying causes. As one of Ryde’s multidisciplinary chiropractor, acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist; it is common to see patients experiencing pain. These patients need to be grouped into categories inclusive of:
  1. Neurological – Irritation of nerves in the body resulting in numbness, tingling, shooting pain or weakness of an arm/leg. E.g. Sciatica causing shooting pain down the back of the leg.
  2. Inflammatory – Structures in the body reflecting a distress signal of pain, swelling, redness, heat and change in body part function. This can be the foundation of where most pain conditions stem from.
  3. Nociceptive – Injury to tissues from physical damage or potential damage to the body. This is often represented as sports accidents, surgical related and arthritis’.
  4. Functional – Pain which cannot be pinpointed but is apparent such as fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.
  5. Referral – A symptom felt at a part of the body which cannot be provoked by stimulating the same location where it is felt. This means if I had right shoulder tip pain from cholecystitis(Gallbladder inflammation), touching my right shoulder will not feel any worse, nor treating the shoulder will it fix the problem.
  6. Vascular – Frequently associated to heaviness of an area, poor circulation, weakness and/or tingling.
How do I find out what health problem I have? Inquire at your local GP clinic. GPs are great at diagnosing and directing you to the appropriate examination, medication or other medical providers. Alternatively, health-screenings can be performed by registered health practitioners’ such as chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists.
Can a health professional know if the patient is in pain? Yes and no. This is due to the problem of symptoms, “pain”, being subjective. If there are signs of abnormality observed over a body part, that can indicate a likelihood of pain being present. An example can be of someone with deformed hands from long standing osteoarthritis. Increased bone size of the hands are a survival mechanism to protect the local area. Since there is too much friction or weight bearing, wear and tear will prompt the body to build more bone. This creates a vicious cycle to further increase friction/pain.

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