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In the past decade, pain neuroscience has exposed some important contrasts for managing acute vs chronic pain.

ChiroUp has recently synthesized the current chronic pain best practices and we are ecstatic to announce the release of our 101st protocol- Chronic Pain.

This week’s blog reviews a quick synopsis of new strategies for old complaints. Be sure to take a look at the new protocol the next time you log into your ChiroUp account.

Chronic pain is defined as persistent or recurrent pain lasting longer than three months (1), or pain that occurs on at least half the days for six months or more. (2) Estimates suggest that chronic pain affects more than 20% of the global population. (3-10) In the US alone, an estimated 70-100 million adults suffer from chronic pain. (120-122,126)

The best-practice management of chronic pain requires that clinicians identify both peripheral and central pain generators, then combine passive interventions with a healthy dose of self-care and active measures. (25,39,53-55)

Core strategies include pain neuroscience education, self-management, and non-pharmacologic therapies. (26,39,56-59) Patients and clinicians must both clearly understand that treatment seeks to effectively manage rather than cure chronic pain. (39)

Check out our top five tips for the best practice assessment and management of chronic pain.

Chronic Pain

As noted in the accompanying video, distinguishing the origin(s) of pain is essential. The following chart will help outline the features of three potential neuroanatomical sites of chronic pain.

Want even more? You can find it in ChiroUp’s complete protocol for Chronic Pain in our Condition Reference library.

Seriously – go check it out! This new protocol has literally dozens of additional best practice recommendations, supported by 127 up-to-date references. And don’t forget this also means you can create the associated patient condition report or simply add the Chronic Pain ADL advice to any care plan.

This is potent information for an emerging topic that changes day. We are so excited for our subscribers to check it out so please let us know what you think!

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