What Pain Type Means To Your Recovery

What Pain Type Means To Your Recovery

The recovery period after an automobile accident often includes patients dealing with traumatic injury pain that doctors refer to as nociceptive pain. This type of pain can be extremely acute at the time of injury. However, nociceptive pain is also a more manageable pain than neurological pain, which is the second type of pain.


Nociceptive pain is also more responsive to standard pain treatments than neurological pain.


While both nociceptive pain and neuropathy are troublesome, nociceptive pain is most often caused by a specific trauma, such as a car accident, a sports injury, or another type of one-time event. This type of pain subsides over time and usually goes away when the healing is complete.

Breaking a bone, pulling or spraining a muscle group, or suffering from a specific laceration are examples of nociceptive pain. As the healing progresses, and inflammation diminishes and the reduced swelling means less pressure on nerves and a smaller area in which nerve cells are affected. The inflammation puts pressure on nearby nerves, which is helpful from a pain-management perspective because reducing swelling is available as a technique for reducing pain.


Neuropathic pain is associated with long-term medical conditions, such as immune system deficiencies, stroke, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and phantom limb pain, which is associated with amputations. Cancer and cytomegalovirus can also cause neuropathic nerve damage.

More specifically, neuropathic pain refers to illnesses or injuries of the nervous system itself. Diabetes, for example, causes long-lasting nerve damage, that might first appear as numbness and a tingling sensation.  As such, neuropathic pain is often chronic with little hope for recovery. It is also much harder to treat.


A Multidiscipline Approach


At Colorado Accident and Injury, we believe that pain treatment is critical to recovering from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Contrary to some old-fashioned folk wisdom, we believe pain gets in the way of recovery on several levels. Pain can cause an injured person to fall into depression, which is not helpful when trying to heal.


In addition, less pain is helpful when an activity helps your healing. There are injuries where keeping an area still is helpful, but there are injuries that benefit from moving around. Remaining active in a way that does not interfere with healing also helps patients maintain their normal metabolic levels, which promotes healing. A rest period is certainly required for initial recovery with certain injuries. But long periods of rest can also cause muscles to atrophy and the metabolism to slow down, both of which can be counter-productive.


The multidiscipline approach to recovery is widely regarded as the most holistic and productive way to promote healing. Massage therapy, offered at Colorado Accident and Injury, helps the circulatory system and muscle groups. Massage therapy also helps patients psychologically and emotionally. Massages help patients feel connected to others, a great motivator for healing.


Chiropractic services are also key to a fast recovery. Traumatic car accidents can result in a generalized pain with no specific injury to point to. But chiropractic re-alignments often reveal the truth behind the generalized feelings of depression or pain. When your body is out of alignment, chiropractic care is the one specific science that can answer to your condition. Pain management is also considered essential for robust healing and for maintaining a healthy psychological outlook. Pain management means a quicker return to work and to the lifestyle you enjoyed before you were injured.


Looking for a post-accident specialist. Call Colorado Accident & Injury at 719-917-1000.


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