Chronic pain, defined as pain lasting longer than six months, affects more than 100 million people in the United States. Once pain occurs, the signal of pain can remain months after the actual causative factor is resolved.
Current traditional medical care focuses on a disease-based model when it comes to acute pain, and works to provide pain relief. However, when symptoms are present for more than 3 months, a more patient-centric approach is needed.
Functional medicine looks beyond the symptom of pain to identify the underlying cause of the pain.
Inflammation is a major factor in the body’s ability to respond to pain. This is not just related to the specific location of pain but rather a systemic response of the total body. Common causes of inflammation that can contribute to pain sensitivity include:
At Weight Loss & Vitality, we focus on managing stress to the body caused by inflammation. With all chronic pain patients, any underlying factor that contributes to pain and inflammation must be addressed for long-term success.