Each year, tens of millions of Americans suffer from an acute injury or chronic pain which severely impacts their ability to perform every day functions. At Nextgen our team of health care professionals offer targeted interventions to treat and rehabilitate patients with acute injuries as well as offer long-term chronic pain management solutions, including:
- Physical medicine and massage treatment
- Chiropractic therapy
- Injection treatment
- Spinal injection treatments (interventional pain management)
- Psychologically-based chronic pain management
Acute injury vs. chronic pain
The most common sources of pain are the result of an acute trauma or injury to the body. Nerves originating at the injured site send signals to the brain which notify it that an insult has occurred. These signals are interpreted by the brain as pain and serve as a protective mechanism against further injury to that area. In most cases, with proper treatment, acute pain is relieved within a short period of time. However, if pain persists beyond 6 months, this is called chronic pain.
Common sources of pain
- Traumatic injury
- Auto injury
- Sports injury
- Work-related injury
- Other injuries
- Degenerative disc disease
- Improper curvature of the spine
- Autoimmune disease
- Weight gain
Chronic pain can present itself in many different forms varying from mildly inconvenient to completely incapacitating. Usually the pain is a result of a prior sustained injury; however, in some cases there may be an undetermined source of pain that has been left untreated.
The physical and emotional toll of chronic pain can be great. Often patients experience:
- Constant or intermittent pain described as aching, shooting, burning, etc.
- Difficulty sleeping
- Fluctuations in mood such as depression anxiety
- Withdrawal from regular activities