Posted on: September 9, 2017
Unnecessary pain is pain that can be eliminated with treatment. People often endure pain for too long before seeking help. Here is why that may be an unwise approach.
Neurological research supports a phenomena I see in practice every day: the longer a person waits to get treatment, the harder it is to undo the pain.The pain gets “locked-in” by the nervous system’s ability to adapt. Suddenly it takes much more treatment to solve a simple problem.
This ” locking-in” is a physical process of adapting that actually changes the nervous system’s wiring over time. Therefore the longer you have pain, the easier it is neurologically to have that pain get your attention. The body adapts to the pain as part of its normal experience and starts to rewire itself to facilitate the pain. Treating pain late in the process allows neural pathways to develop that promote the pain, making it much harder to control.
How long do you endure the pain before seeking professional help?
Of course, many pains are truly minor, inconsequential, and really don’t need treatment. And some are severe enough to call 911 or get to an Urgent Care facility quickly. For everything in between, that last longer than a few days and are getting in the way of you feeling good and moving freely, my advice is don’t wait until your nervous system adapts to the pain and makes it a part of your “normal” day.
Keep your experience with unnecessary pain short by seeking assistance early. If you want help with your pain, call us for your next appointment at (805) 497-1072.
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