Living with Chronic Pain

In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that estimated about 20% of American adults had chronic pain in 2016. Chronic pain is associated with higher health care costs, lost productivity, and numerous physical and mental conditions. If you live with chronic pain, you may not have full mobility or be able to take care of your daily obligations. 

The usual advice

Chances are, if you have chronic pain, you’ve been advised to try exercise and relaxation. Too often, the person or people offering that well-meaning advice don’t realize just how difficult it is to do either when you’re hurting.

At Broadway Chiropractic, we can help you develop a plan for pain relief that works within the context of your life. You’re a unique individual, and your pain is different from all the other millions of Americans with chronic pain. None of our staff will ever offer you a cookie-cutter exercise plan. Instead, we’ll help you figure out what you can do, as well as when you can do it. 

We’ll help find ways for you to exercise that work with your lifestyle, preferences, and limitations. You may require physical therapy in order to learn how to perform exercises that won’t increase your pain, or acupuncture may be a more appropriate treatment path for you.

Another typical piece of advice for those in chronic pain is to try various relaxation techniques. Again, while that suggestion is likely given by someone who means well, it may not be practical. How do you relax when every muscle is tense against pain?

We have several strategies that may help you practice relaxation. Acupuncture, massage therapy, and chiropractic care are just three examples. 

Additional tips

There are many other steps you can take that may help reduce your pain and increase your functionality. For example, taking a close look at your diet and avoiding inflammatory foods and beverages may be helpful.

A unique service we offer at Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness is a wellness analysis through blood work. This analysis includes a nutritional assessment, an inflammation markers panel, allergy and food sensitivity panel, and hormone testing.

These tests can help identify specific supplements that may help you feel better overall, which can improve functionality, giving you the freedom to do other things that may further reduce your pain -- such as, you guessed it, exercise and relaxation techniques.

Another potentially helpful treatment approach for chronic pain is physiotherapy. Physiotherapy helps to address pain and limited range of motion, among other issues. Like the improvements you may be able to gain through a wellness analysis, physiotherapy may help you feel well enough to perform other activities that can further increase your function while limiting your pain.

You’re an individual with unique needs, and our staff provides individualized services, designed to work within the parameters of your life. If you’d like to learn more about the services we offer that may help improve your chronic pain, book an appointment today. You can request an appointment online, or give our office in New York City a call during regular business hours.

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