Patient Education

Many patients who have been brought into Britton Pain Clinics have been experiencing chronic severe debilitating pain. Our providers have experience working with advanced chronic pain from debilitating musculoskeletal pathology. Our patient focus is to optimize function while acknowledging and working with patient’s disabilities from surgeries to genetic predispositions. No matter the pain level or chronicity we will assess and come up with a personalized plan to modulate your pain levels and get you back doing the things you want to do with an integrative plan utilizing traditional medicine and physical medicine to restore hope and function. 

Once a patient has been injured, or is in pain for more than two months and no relief has been found, their condition moves from being classified as “Acute” to “Chronic.” Once a patient is no longer in the “Acute” stage of their pain and it has progressed to “Chronic” the patient will need to be seen by one of our pain specialists.

At Britton Pain Clinics when a patient is seen by one of our providers, he/she will be evaluated with regards to the pain symptoms. This could include the need for some imaging like an MRI, CT scans, or x-ray imaging to help the providers to further understand the extent of the injury and the potential cause of the continuing pain. Once we have this imaging, our pain specialists can determine the extent of the injury and make a treatment plan to assist the patient to achieve more functionality with less pain.

Chiropractors use traditional diagnostic testing methods (such as x-rays, MRI, and lab work) along with spinal and orthopedic examination to find dysfunction within the spine and joints. Chiropractors treat these dysfunctions by a combination of techniques including applied pressure, muscle work, and manual manipulation of the vertebrae and joints (called adjustments). Using these techniques, chiropractors are often able to relieve pressure and irritation on the nerves and restore joint mobility.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Quick facts about pain (courtesy of the American Chiropractic Association):
1. It’s the leading cause of disability
2. It’s the 2nd-leading reason for doctor’s visits
3. Around 31 million Americans deal with some sort of pain
4. Most cases of back pain are mechanical—meaning disease is not the issue! 
Less pain means an ability to work, to play, to live an active and full life. That’s what we achieve for our patients. 
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