Originally posted by Heather Stegmaier, December 20, 2013 at heatherstegmaier.com
AT Question: I was in a car accident 6 months ago, which left me with pain on the right side of my neck. I went to the chiropractor for numerous sessions and was told I was back to normal. However, the pain came back and still exists, sometimes mildly sometimes more acutely. What can I do? ~Amy
AT Answer: Thank you for this important question, Amy! You bring up a really great topic: does chronic pain (whether brought about through an injury, accident, repetitive strain, or no event at all) have a beginning and end? Before I give you concrete steps to take to address your chronic pain issue, I’d like to touch on this topic.
Our culture really likes the idea of fixing things, and this is no different when it comes to our health. Of course, after an injury, there is a time for healing and “getting back to normal”. These are important steps to take after an injury or accident, and health care providers such as chiropractors offer an important method of care. I will call this ‘treatment’, which has a beginning and an end.