When it comes to pain, every person responds differently. One person’s threshold might differ from another’s, and no method of pain relief is effective for everyone. That’s why it’s important to find a doctor who listens to you, understands your pain, and provides a variety of solutions to help you overcome the problem. Depending on the cause of your pain, you might find relief through medication, rehabilitation, massage, or chiropractic care.

Arctic Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska provides diagnostic care for all kinds of pain, along with services like massages, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. If you’re struggling with chronic pain, we can help determine the cause and find a treatment plan that works for you. This might include one method of pain relief, two different ones, or a combination of everything that works.

Understanding Pain

When explaining what causes pain, many people turn to the broadest explanation: pain is your body’s sign that something is wrong. However, when the body lacks the ability to heal the problem, pain can become a daily occurrence. Many different issues can lead to chronic pain, but certain areas of the body tend to be affected the most.

  • Headaches can be caused by migraine triggers, stress, or environmental factors
  • Back pain is usually caused by issues with the spine, including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or muscle/ligament injuries
  • Hip pain can be caused by osteoarthritis, bursitis, or ligament tears
  • Knee pain is often caused by old injuries, tendon damage, or bursitis
  • Neck pain can be caused by strain, spinal issues, or whiplash

Without relief, pain can wear down your physical and mental defenses, leaving you fatigued, depressed, and feeling hopeless. In these situations, it’s important to reach out and begin experimenting with pain relief treatments.

Finding true, lasting relief

Oftentimes, people think the only way to relieve pain is to take medicine specifically for pain. This isn’t the case. Muscle pain, for example, can be treated with relaxants; sports injuries can be treated with regenerative medicine like PRP therapy; and joint pain can be treated with PRP therapy and steroids.

Beyond that, there are alternative methods of pain relief that don’t require medication at all. Physical therapy can help accelerate healing and reduce stiffness. Massage therapy can increase blood flow to the area and relieve tension. Chiropractic care can help align your spine and fix imbalances that are causing pain.

You might be surprised by how much noninvasive care can do for you. When combined with common pain relief medications, massages and physical therapy can lead to a complete turnaround in your daily life. You can increase your mobility, energy levels, and mood by relieving pain, so don’t wait to seek help.

To get in touch with the team at Arctic Medical Center, call (907) 290-8111, or request an appointment online.

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