Dr. Thomas M. Kolenda is a Board Certified chiropractic physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of acute and chronic pain. At Kolenda Chiropractic and Acupuncture, the doctor and his staff serve residents in the Austin, Texas, area, as well as nearby neighborhoods.
Chronic Pain Q & A
What is the Difference Between Chronic and Acute?
Acute pain is often the result of an acute or sudden illness, like appendicitis or a heart attack. Chronic pain often accompanies chronic, or long term, health conditions. Chronic pain lasts for several days and can range from a mild ache to deep throbbing pain. Chronic pain can last for several days without any periods of relief, while acute pain hits quickly and will subside immediately after the cause is addressed. Acute pain also accompanies an injury such as a strained muscle or a broken bone. A chiropractor can easily diagnose the difference between both types of pain and put together a treatment plan to sufficiently address the patient's issues.
Can Acupuncture be Used With Chiropractic Adjustments for Chronic Pain?
Acupuncture is extremely effective when used with chiropractic adjustments, especially when dealing with chronic pain. While chiropractic works to restore proper form and function to the body, acupuncture works to restore the flow of qi. By restoring qi, circulation is improved and the blood can carry vital nutrients to the injured area providing support and helping to rebuild strength. This also encourages the elimination of wastes that are produced as the body begins the healing process. By working together, acupuncture and chiropractic care hasten the healing process and increase the body's overall strength and stamina.
Is Nutritional Counseling Beneficial When Dealing With Chronic Pain and Illness?
Nutritional counseling is very beneficial when dealing with a chronic illness. During a chronic illness, the body can deplete many vital nutrients that are needed to continue the healing process. Knowing what nutrients are needed and in what quantities is extremely important if the patient wants the healing to continue in a timely fashion. Nutritional counseling used in conjunction with chiropractic care gives the patient the tools they need to regain their strength and support the immune system. This allows the body to heal much faster and helps to resist further injury and infection that could result in a set back.