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Discover several types of chronic pain that could be ruining your day

July 7th, 2020
Types of Chronic Pain

As people age, many develop aches and pains that become progressively worse. Often, such chronic pain begins to interfere with their normal work requirements, daily activities and even healthy sleep patterns. 

Unfortunately, chronic, or long-term, pain is far too common among Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that up to 40% of U.S. adults suffer from some form of chronic pain. Although chronic pain takes many forms, there are certain types of chronic pain that are more common than others. 

What are the most common types of chronic pain?

You’ve probably heard of or experienced at least one type of chronic pain: headaches. It’s been reported that about 3% of Americans experience chronic daily tension headaches. Other common issues that cause chronic pain include: 

How can you reduce these types of chronic pain?

One effective way to help reduce the most common types of chronic pain is to take better care of your body and work to improve your overall health. This includes making sure that you do the following:

  • Eat a healthy diet, with an emphasis on antioxidant rich fruits, vegetables and nuts, such as peppers, carrots, broccoli, berries, grapes, citrus and walnuts.
  • Drink plenty of water to ensure proper hydration of body tissues, including muscles and joints.
  • Get regular, low-impact exercise to make your body’s metabolism more efficient and help to remove waste materials that can build up and inflame body tissues.
  • Get enough restful sleep to maintain body chemistry and help promote normal function.
  • Improve sitting and standing posture to alleviate pressure points and help to prevent stress on muscles, joints and bones that can promote unhealthy inflammation and pain.
  • Learn to manage stress to prevent involuntary tensing of muscles that can result in inflamed muscles and joints.

Rehab Access offers physical therapy for chronic pain

Chronic pain that doesn’t respond to your efforts to relieve them can often be treated using physical therapy. Our team of physical therapists at Rehab Access can help you find personalized therapy for your chronic pain. Using our skills and knowledge of the human anatomy, we can use our complimentary screenings to pinpoint the source of your inflammation and pain. 

Our team can also create personalized therapy plans designed to help patients reduce pain and strengthen muscles, joints and bones to help ward off the inflammation that often causes chronic pain. We even offer virtual therapy that you can do from home. Even better, you don’t have to have a doctor’s referral before you start using our therapy services. 

Are you ready to start getting our help with your chronic pain? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.