Are you waking up with aches and pains every day? Do simple tasks like brushing your teeth or carrying groceries become excruciatingly painful?
It’s easy to overlook seemingly benign activities in our daily routines that can contribute to chronic pain. Pain and Performance Solutions is here to help identify the source of your discomfort and provide solutions for lasting relief.
Don’t let your pain dictate your life.
Let us help you figure out the cause of your pain, then the best treatment to ease that pain.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is defined as any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. It can result from an injury, such as a back sprain, or it can be caused by a chronic condition, such as arthritis. Chronic pain can make it difficult to perform everyday activities.
There are also other activities that can lead to chronic pain – activities you may be doing day in and day out, not even realizing are contributing to your pain. Some common things we do day after day can lead to the pain we struggle with, including:
- Lifting heavy objects (whether we move things around regularly or lift items for a living, they can both apply)
- Sitting down at a desk for work
- Wearing the wrong types, sizes, or shapes of shoes
- Being inactive (sitting and resting to manage the pain can actually increase the pain)
Other Causes of Recurring Pain
Unfortunately, there are many other causes of chronic pain besides these. These include injuries, accidents, and diseases.
- Injuries: Chronic pain can be caused by injuries to the body, such as a back injury leading to pain in the neck, back, or hip region. These can include sports injuries, car accidents, and falls. This can also include problems like nerve damage and post-surgical pain. The pain may be constant or come and go. It may range from very mild or severe.
- Accidents: Accidents can also cause chronic pain. This includes work-related accidents, car accidents, and slips or falls. These types of accidents can lead to long-term musculoskeletal pain. The pain often comes and goes to some degree, and can range from mildly annoying to so severe you struggle to get anything done each day.
- Diseases: Diseases that can cause chronic pain include arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, and nerve damage. Neuropathy is a regular effect from many diseases and their treatments. The pain may be constant or come and go. It may be mild or severe.
Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can be caused by a variety of factors, but there are some common symptoms that patients experience. If you are dealing with chronic pain, you may notice that:
- The pain is constant and lasts for long periods of time.
- The pain is not relieved by over-the-counter or prescription medication.
- The pain interferes with your daily activities and makes it difficult to concentrate or complete tasks.
- You feel anxious, depressed, or irritable as a result of the pain.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek help. Pain and Performance Solutions can help you determine the cause of your pain and find relief. We offer a variety of services that help root out the cause of your pain so we can ensure you get the best treatment.
Tips for Reducing Chronic Pain from Everyday Activities
There are many things you can do to help reduce the pain you experience on a daily basis. Here are some tips:
- Get regular exercise: Exercise releases endorphins, which have natural pain-relieving properties.
- Apply heat to painful areas: Heat can help your sore muscles to relax so that you can reduce inflammation.
- Try massage therapy: Massage can help to loosen tight muscles and ease pain in sore joints. Massaging an area that hurts boosts oxygen levels to the area, allowing for quicker healing.
- Practice relaxation techniques: Stress can aggravate chronic pain, so learning how to relax can be very helpful. Try deep breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation.
- Adjust your posture: Poor posture can contribute to chronic pain, so make sure you sit up straight and stand tall when possible. Also, avoid activities that require you to maintain an uncomfortable position for long periods of time, such as sitting at a desk all day.
- Use ergonomic tools and equipment: When performing tasks that require repetitive motions, use ergonomic tools (e.g., an ergonomic keyboard) to minimize strain on your body and reduce the risk of developing pain in the future.
How Pain and Performance Solutions Can Help to Treat Chronic Pain
We use a combination of different techniques to narrow down the cause of your pain, because once we discover the cause, we can better create a treatment plan that is sure to have better results.
Here are some of the treatment options we have once we determine the main cause of your pain:
- Active Release Technique®, or ART
- NeuroKinetic Technique®, or NKT
- Anatomy in Motion, or AiM
- Deep Tendon Reflex
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment, or SFMA®
Chronic pain is a common problem that can be caused by many things, including everyday activities. If you have chronic pain, Pain and Performance Solutions can help you determine the cause of your pain and help you find relief.
Pain Can Happen Anywhere, So Let Pain and Performance Solutions Help
Everyday activities can lead to chronic pain and it’s important to be aware of this. Pain and Performance Solutions can help you determine the cause of your pain, provide relief, and help prevent future issues from occurring.
With our expertise in pain management, we can help those struggling with chronic pain. Don’t let chronic pain limit you – contact Pain and Performance Solutions today for more information about how we can help! You can reach us by calling (707) 636-4404 or by booking an appointment online.