What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months that has failed multiple trials of conservative care. It can be mild to severe and impacts each patient differently. Chronic pain can persist for weeks, months, or years – and take a serious toll on a patient’s physical and emotional well-being. If you’re experiencing long-term pain, our team of specialists in the Twin Cities can help.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain has many potential causes. Typically, chronic pain stems from conditions or injuries to the various structures in the body (the muscles, joints, nerves, etc.). When an area of the body is injured it sends a signal through the nerves to the brain, where it is registered as pain and then sent back to the injured body part. This is the internal process that occurs when you stub your toe or break your arm. The signaling mechanism can be disrupted and chronic pain persists where acute pain recovers over time, causing the pain to remain despite the tissue healing. During the healing phase of injury, the body can lay down scar tissue, which can also be a source of pain if not properly rehabilitated.
At MN Spine and Sport, we have many treatment modalities, such as laser, PEMF, acupuncture, manual therapy or manipulation designed to relieve and/or eliminate pain. We will work with your other providers and refer you for co-management if needed.