Function and Health vs. Pain Control: When “Pain-Free” Becomes Dangerous
Does this situation sound familiar to you?
You’re out running on the trail with a few friends over the weekend. The sun is shining, the flowers are just starting to bloom, and the air is crisp and energizing—it’s a perfect day.
But as you’re talking about how great the weather is, you don’t notice a stray root sticking out of the ground and take a bit of a tumble. You’re able to keep running with the group but ever since the fall your back has felt a little off.
That was three weeks ago and your back pain hasn’t gotten any better. And while you keep telling your partner you’re going to get it checked out, you always come up with excuses not to - and simply take acetaminophen or ibuprofen every few hours.
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably put off getting a problem like this one checked out before. Although doing so might not seem like that big of a deal, especially if you’re regularly taking pain meds to make things more manageable, not addressing the cause of physical pain, your true functional health, can lead to a lot more problems down the road.
What is Pain?
Sounds like a silly question, right? We all know what pain is because we’ve all experienced it so often throughout our lives. We’ve stubbed our toes, broken our bones, and gotten paper cuts for as long as we can remember.
And while we might know what pain feels like, a lot of us have a hard time seeing the real reason we experience it: to show us that there’s an underlying problem with our body’s function and health.
Pain isn’t just an inconvenience—It’s a warning system meant to alert us of any potential danger. And if you want to fix the real problem, you need to address the root cause of the pain, not the pain itself.
Pain and Healing
With more and more painkillers being developed and over-prescribed (leading to disastrous consequences), it’s never been easier to treat the pain rather than the underlying cause of it.
Unfortunately, as most professionals know, pain is usually one of the last symptoms arising from a problem. When it comes to back problems specifically, sufferers will typically feel tightness, soreness, and stiffness before the problem actually develops into pain.
Once it does actually turn into pain, many doctors (more than 70% reported) will simply prescribe strong painkillers despite the fact that these are not considered the ideal method of treating the condition according to the U.S. National Safety Council.
Pain management alone is not enough to heal the body. In fact, while it may feel better at first, not addressing the cause of the problem can lead to even further reduced function and healthy ability in the future.
With a licensed and knowledgeable chiropractor, you can start treating the core problem rather than just the symptoms so you can get back to doing the things you love like exercising, having fun, and enjoying life again. Chiropractic care will help you optimize your health and function.
If you want to heal your body’s pain at the source, call Kudick Chiropractic today at (360) 943-7360 to set up a consultation or contact us with any questions you may have. Improve your life by improving your health.