Very interesting and in my opinion very sad article in the Los Angeles Times called When Pain Becomes Chronic.
The article discusses traditional medical chronic pain managment solutions which ultimately is a maze of confusion, without the hope of a cure, just managing it pharmaceutically.
Highlights of the article:
- pain is usually a symptom of something else
- treating the pain is a stop gap unless the underlying problem is fixed
- with chronic pain the underlying problem is not always corrected
- chronic pain cycle begins
- body and brain stay in a heightened state of "fight or flight"
- medication pathway of treatment is the standard of care
All of that is certainly true and is exactly what makes Corrective Exercise programming DIFFERENT!. We look at a client as a WHOLE and partner with them to help resolve chronic pain naturally, without medication, manipulation or surgery if at all possible.
I found it appalling that treating the symptom appears to be the primary standard of care, without hope of resolving it, just managing it.
Just as there's no one impetus for chronic pain, there's no one way to treat it, so pain specialists advise a multidisciplinary approach.
"We don't talk about a cure," says Marilyn Jacobs, a clinical psychologist and voluntary assistant professor in the departments of anesthesiology and psychiatry at UCLA. "But with standard-of-care pain treatment, the chances of managing it are much higher."
In rare cases, doctors may use a pain pump — a reservoir of drugs implanted in the abdomen, delivering medication directly to the spine in smaller doses than would be needed orally. Another possibility is a spinal cord stimulator, which sends electrical charges to the spinal area to try to block transmission of pain signals to the brain. But these options are used only in extreme cases, Jacobs says — if all else fails.
Standard-of-care treatment also includes physical and behavioral therapy. Even plain old distraction can help. "Often, pain is worst at night, because you're inactive, so pain input is unopposed," Webster says. When you use a different part of your brain on other things — listening to music, talking with friends, petting your dog — the pain input has some healthy competition. There's only so much the brain can process at once."
The fundamental problem here is that pain medications DO NOT identify, address and correct the underlying root cause of the pain. They simply attempt to manage or mask the symptoms.
No wonder there is no offer of hope for a cure. If you are taking pain meds to mask pain without correcting the underlying root-cause, how can you possibly heal?
And so the chronic-pain cycle begins and repeats itself like "Ground Hog Day". You're body will continue to go through incorrect movement patterns, further strengthening the negative stimulus-response pattern over and over again.
At Pain Free Posture MN we believe that:
- Pain is a Signal
- Your body has the innate ability to heal
- Pain is real
- We are here to LISTEN to you
- The body works as a unit and must be treated as such
- Pain is a Whole Body issue
- There is no "one-size fits all" approach that works for each person
Have questions? Please reach out. We're in this together, and I am here to help
Posted on Wed, May 30, 2012
by Deb Preachuk filed under