Acute Injury | Chronic Injury | Pain Management Tyler Texas

Acute Injury vs. Chronic Injury Overview

While exercising and engaging in athletic activities is beneficial to patients, certain patients may experience a sports injury from acute trauma or chronic overuse. Sports injuries are often caused by overuse, poor training practices, not enough training and not warming up and/or stretching before and after sports activities. Although many patients in the East Texas area experience sports injuries, some of these patients do not understand the difference of an acute injury vs. a chronic injury. The physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, pain management clinic in Tyler, Texas, are available to diagnose and treat a variety of sports injuries so patients can return to the game.

Acute Injury

An acute injury is classified as a sudden injury caused during a traumatic event, such as a fall while jogging or colliding with another player during football. Some of the most common acute injuries include a strained back, sprained ankle, swollen muscles, fractures and dislocations.

Symptoms of an acute injury often occur immediately following the traumatic event. Common symptoms include:

  • Sudden pain
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of mobility
  • Bone or joint visibly out of place
  • Non-weight bearing

Chronic Injury

A chronic injury, also known as an overuse injury, is caused by overuse and repetitive stress to the body during athletic activities. Chronic injuries occur gradually and often cause milder symptoms compared to acute injuries. Because of the mild symptoms, many patients ignore the signs of injury and continue exercising or competing. Over time, the tendons, ligaments, muscles and/or bones experience further damage and cause more complex injuries.

Common chronic injuries include stress fractures, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff impingement and shin splints. Symptoms of a chronic injury include:

  • Pain during activities
  • Dull ache when resting
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Loss of mobility

Acute Injury vs. Chronic Injury Treatment

It is very important to never play through pain – stop exercising or engaging in sports at the onset of symptoms. Pain physicians often begin treatment of an acute injury and chronic injury in the same manner. Treatment of sports injuries typically include a combination of the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) method, pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications, pain management injections, modified activities and a detailed physical therapy program. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to reconstruct a torn ligament or reattach a torn tendon from its attachment site.

For additional resources on an acute injury vs. a chronic injury, please contact the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler – pain management in Tyler, Texas.

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Spinal Decompression | Spine Pain | Tyler Texas

Spinal Decompression and Spine Pain Overview

Many patients who have experienced a spinal injury believe they require surgery to alleviate their spine pain. This is not the case in many patients. Spinal discs have the ability to heal on their own if properly treated by a pain physician. Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, proudly serving the greater Tyler, Texas area, offers the DRX9000™ spinal decompression system designed to decompress the injured joint space and spinal disc in order to alleviate chronic back pain or neck pain.

What to Know About Injured Spinal Discs

Spinal discs are living tissue found within the neck and back area of the human body. When injured from overuse, natural degeneration or a traumatic accident, the discs have the ability to heal without surgery or other invasive treatment options.

The reason many discs do not heal 100% on their own is due to gravity. Gravity keeps the muscles of the spinal joints holding a certain tone in order to keep the spine upright and in the proper position. Without gravity, the spinal muscles would become weak and dysfunctional, leading to many patients experiencing poor posture.

Even though gravity plays an important role in spinal health, it can also halt healing of an injured spinal disc by causing compression. Compression of the joint space is fine when the spinal discs are completely healthy. When a disc becomes injured, the compression does not allow for healthy healing in certain cases. This is because the compression becomes a constant irritation to the injured disc and does not allow it to heal.

What to Know About Spinal Decompression

Many patients with an injured spinal disc causing chronic spine pain believe back or neck surgery is the only option. It simply is not. The DRX9000™ spinal decompression system achieves decompression of the injured joint space and spinal disc without painful surgery.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine over an extended period of time, changing the forces and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the injured spinal disc. As a result, many patients will experience alleviated spine pain associated with their injury. For example, a patient affected by a bulging or herniated disc will often experience relief from retraction of the injured disc. Spinal decompression takes pressure off the nerves and other critical structures in the spine, promoting movement of water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids into the injured disc in order to promote healthy healing.

Pain physicians often recommend spinal decompression to alleviate spine pain associated with:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Posterior facet syndrome
  • Failed back surgery

For more resources on the DRX9000™ spinal decompression system, or to determine the cause of your spine pain, please contact the Tyler, Texas pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler.