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Minnesota Report on Chronic Pain


On January 20th the Minnesota Department of Health published their first statewide report on chronic pain.  Below you will find some of the highlights from the report, it’s quite informative:

“Chronic pain is a substantial public health concern that is costly and affects the quality of life of individuals and their families. The Institute of Medicine estimates about 100 million Americans are affected by chronic pain, more than those affected by heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. ”

“Chronic pain is most often associated with musculoskeletal disorders, inflammation, or neurological conditions including back disorders, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and other joint disorders. Most procedures provide temporary pain relief with injections that block nerves; though some procedures, such as spinal column or disc surgery, can provide more long-term relief.”

As can be seen from these highlights, chronic pain has a significant effect on Minnesotans.  Many of the conventional treatments only offer temporary relief or are quite invasive and therefore may come with compounding problems.

Chronic pain is often is a secondary condition from an underlying Neurostructural shift. My approach is to correct Neurostructural abnormalities which will normalize function thereby reducing secondary conditions and allowing for normal function.  Many times but certainly not always, this can reduce the need for more invasive procedures.

Full Article:  http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2015/chronicpain012015.html

Dr. Chris Hanson
612-331-1417