What it Means To Be Injured
We believe that any musculoskeletal condition that has caused weakness, nerve deficits, or pain may be considered an injury. People may experience back pain or sensory nerve changes due to a number of different conditions or a combination of factors, ranging from polio to systemic disease to the more common wear and tear injuries. At our center, we consider and condition that causes anatomical or neurologic deficits to be injuries, and most to be treatable, to some degree.
A lot of people with chronic pain conditions don't actually think of the causes of their pain to be due to injury, unless they were in a bad accident, or unless the cause of their pain can be traced back to a particular incident, such as a sports injury or fall. Why do certain people with chronic pain think of their condition to be the result of an injury, while others to call it an accident. Here are three reasons.
This third reason gets close to the heart of why you and the people who have treated you don't attribute your condition due to an injury. If you have chronic back pain, by the time you have begun reading this article, you have been told that while the symptoms of your condition are treatable, the cause isn't, and the care for your condition is going to involve pain management for the rest of your life. If you are a relatively young male or female, between the ages of 30-60, this may be a very frightening thing to hear, and it may leave you with a feeling of hopelessness.
- Most people with chronic back pain can describe the cause of their condition to be any one particular event. Typically, their pain may have come on gradually, and has come in waves ever since.
- Injuries can heal.
- Injuries are temporary - they can be treated and then you recover.
It may be difficult for your family doctor to tell you that there is no real treatment for your degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis that will make a real difference in the severity of symptoms that you are feeling now. The doctors who are giving you your diagnosis, and a very small sense of hope, are not trying to crush your spirit, they are simply telling you the facts as they know them, and they are basing their assessment on their own experience diagnosing, treating, and referring patients.
Many doctors of back pain treatments such as prolotherapy and other innovate treatments reject the assumption that back problems such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and loose spinal tendons and ligaments are untreatable. Some doctors of who treat and refer for modern therapies such as prolotherapy and tissue grafting believe that most injuries can heal, and injuries are temporary - they can be treated and you can recover. Patients who hear this from doctors may suddenly have a renewed sense of hope towards the treatment of this condition, which is a good thing assuming that their doctors are evaluating their care responsibly.
Doctors are not gods, and there are some injuries or congenital conditions that are beyond treatments available as of today. Yet, most patients or doctors should approach their condition in ways to heal damaged bodies, not just treat the symptoms.