Chronic pain is any pain that persists after 12 weeks plaguing the body. Many people live with the same chronic pain for their whole lives. Other than the pain itself, symptoms that stem from chronic pain include fatigue, sleep problems, mood swings, reduced flexibility, reduced muscle
strength, weight fluctuation and more.
This is different from acute pain, which is a temporary symptom of a recent injury or trauma. It’s important to note that no matter the original source of pain symptoms, functional wellness practitioners at Lake Pointe Wellness Center have actionable, sustainable solutions for treating
pain in the body.
Below are just a few of the illnesses caused by chronic pain that we treat at Lake Pointe Wellness Center.
Migraines are severe, recurring headaches most commonly known for their throbbing or pulsing sensation. The strength of migraines can cause nausea and weakness throughout the whole body. Millions of Americans suffer from migraines every year. Pain-relieving medications can help
manage migraine symptoms, but our approach at Lake Pointe Wellness Center is to identify the root cause of the patient’s migraines to address, treat, and heal the entire body.
Joint and Muscle Pain
Chronic, persistent pain in the hands, neck, back, feet, knees, elbows and other joints restrict the patient’s range of motion and flexibility. This means that pain in a single area of the body has the ability to affect a patient’s entire fitness if it limits their ability to exercise, cook healthy meals, perform daily tasks, and more. Attempts to restrict the blood flow with the use of braces can negatively affect the healing process without the proper application and use. Functional medicine practitioners offer alternative treatments to help heal injured or damaged joints and muscles without threatening one’s overall wellness.
Sciatica is a condition where a problem with the sciatic nerve causes lower back pain. The sciatic nerve follows the back of each leg. There are many things that can cause disturbances with the nerve, including recent injury or trauma, misalignment of the bones and muscles, chronic diseases that strain the skeletal and nervous systems, and more. The most common symptom of sciatica is the back pain itself, specifically along the lower back, legs and buttocks.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is diagnosed when pain along the spinal cord reveals damaged and thinning discs between the vertebrae. Without healthy intervertebral discs, pieces of the spine rub against each other when the patient moves, causing serious damage to the vertebrae, the discs, the nerves and more. It also has the ability to limit the patient’s overall wellness by minimizing their capability of physical activity. Symptoms to watch out for include back pain that worsens when sitting, bending, twisting or lifting, temporary relief from walking, spinal instability or a sudden loss of support, and more.
Degenerative Joint Disease
Degenerative joint disease, also commonly known as osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition that plagues our joints. Similar to degenerative disc disease, OA occurs when cartilage around our joints breaks down like the discs between the vertebrae. The subsequent
contact made by the bones without protection leads to symptoms like pain, tenderness, stiffness, bone spurs, loss of flexibility and more. Functional medicine practitioners at Lake Pointe Wellness Center offer solutions to patients suffering from OA, no matter the original circumstance of the pain.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is well known in businesses and homes around America. There are more than 3 million cases reported every year. Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to a compression (squeezing) of the median nerve in the hands and arms. The most common symptoms include pain, numbness, or tingling sensations in a patient’s arms or hands. Carpal tunnel especially affects people who work in offices and other careers with mostly sedentary physical roles. Functional wellness offers a variety of treatments that not only lessens the symptoms of carpal tunnel, but actively works to heal and fully recover the tension around the median nerve.
Bursitis happens when the bursae near joints like the shoulder or the knees become inflamed or damaged. Bursae are small sacks filled with fluid that cushion and protect bones, joints, and tendons. Symptoms of bursitis include pain around the shoulder, hip, knee, elbow or heel, swelling and redness in the affected area, or a sudden inability to move the affected area. The condition is caused by excessive movement of the joint, a recent injury or trauma, working conditions like kneeling or lifting, and constant overuse from athletes. Chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture and other functional wellness treatments are proven highly successful in the treatment of conditions like bursitis.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition in the heel that causes sharp, stabbing pain along the bottom of the patient’s foot and heel. A thick band of tissue that spans the bottom of the foot and gathers at the heel becomes inflamed due to different circumstances, most commonly in people ages 40 to 60,
people who exercise on their feet for long periods of time, obese people, or people whose jobs keep them on their feet throughout the day.
If the stabbing, painful symptom occurs most often in the mornings or after exercise, the patient may likely suffer from plantar fasciitis. Functional wellness practitioners can help discern the root cause of the patient’s pain and offer actionable solutions, whether it covers treating the heel directly or assisting in lifestyle changes that will relieve and heal the condition for good.