An often-overlooked symptom of chronic pain can be the social isolation that follows. While the pain and discomfort itself will be top of mind for patients suffering from chronic back, neck or joint pain, it takes longer to notice that your pain symptoms are leading to major life changes, such as missed work, inconsistent sleep, lethargy and an inability to perform regular hobbies and activities.
Initially, the bed rest and time to yourself may be a welcomed respite. However, you will start to miss your normal routine, especially the social aspect of meeting up with friends and family and getting together for group events.
The Limitations of Chronic Pain
It can happen instantly or slowly over time, your pain will have you missing social gatherings, spending time away from your outdoor hobbies, or choosing to stay in on date nights. When it’s uncomfortable to move or sustain movement throughout an entire day, your chronic pain starts to dictate your life.
When you’re in pain, it can drain your energy, affect your mood and create enough consistent discomfort that you simply aren’t physically capable of maintaining a normal level of activity.
These symptoms can lead to social isolation, or depression, as you sink into your pain, with seemingly no help in sight.
Link Between Depression and Chronic Pain
Pain is uncomfortable and when it is persistent, it can be debilitating. The sustained discomfort will continually grate away at your mental health. If your pain also impacts your ability to live your best, most fulfilled life, it makes the link between depression and chronic pain that much more clear.
Depression is most prevalent in patients with chronic pain who aren’t experiencing substantial relief through active treatments. Accepting the pattern of continually masking pain with medications as your only source of relief throughout the day can be extremely disheartening. Chiropractic care and physical therapy, on the other hand, can provide meaningful progress towards a better, healthier and more active life.
Active Pain Treatment Provides a Needed Recovery Boost
The longer that you have to manage your chronic pain, the greater the impact it will have on your life. If you aren’t able to achieve meaningful relief through rest and pain relievers, you’ll likely have to settle for a diminished quality of life. With productive chiropractic treatments, patients can experience pain relief by having the source of their pain addressed through chiropractic manipulation and adjustments.
A series of chiropractic adjustments can correct the pressure or misalignment that is causing your chronic pain. Similarly, physical therapy can rebuild your body’s original strength, flexibility and resilience to combat stiffness and soreness that accompanies chronic pain.
With Peralta Chiropractic You Don’t Have to Go It Alone
Sinking in to your chronic pain with only pain medications to mitigate your symptoms can leave you feeling like you’re all alone in your injury recovery. With Peralta Chiropractic on your side, you’ll have the guidance and support of trained chiropractors and physical therapists on your team. To schedule your chronic pain treatment, give us a call at (214) 942-3700.