The International Association for the Study of Pain’s widely used definition states: “Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” In medical diagnosis, pain is regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition.
Pain management often deals with 2 broad categories of pain—intractable pain and chronic pain.
People with intractable pain are in severe, constant pain that controls their life. This type of pain is often treated with powerful medications and surgery—not chiropractic care.
Chronic pain is ongoing pain that persists beyond an expected time frame, and it doesn’t respond to the typical pain management techniques. Chronic pain usually cannot be cured. But treatments can help. Chiropractors can treat chronic pain.
Pain affecting hard tissue like the spine and joints, and soft tissue including muscles and ligaments, is bound to happen to everyone at some point in life. Limited range of motion can result from tissue damage, and chiropractic care can restore the body’s mobility.
Chiropractors try to correct the body’s alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to help the body heal itself.