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It can be unpleasant —making it impossible to enjoy even the simplest daily activities, and certainly making it a challenge to carry out an exercise routine and other healthy activity. Until recently, chronic pain was not previously all that well understood. The medical profession used to believe that pain is always a manifestation of an underlying injury or disease. As such, doctors focused on treating the underlying cause of the pain, with the belief that once the injury or disease was cured the chronic pain would then disappear.If no underlying cause could be found to justify the pain the patient was told that very few treatments are available, or worse, “the pain must be in your head.” Unfortunately, some doctors still practice in this manner, having no appreciation for the unique problem of chronic pain, that’s where Dr. Corey comes in.  Understanding how pain is defined is important in order to learn how to better heal it. 

Acute Neck or Back Pain
One common type of neck and back pain is acute pain, currently defined as pain lasting less than 3 to 6 months, or pain that is directly related to tissue damage. One of the most common examples of acute pain is upon waking you have a stiff neck or back or have recently been in a car accident and experienced whiplash to your neck.


The longer pain goes on the more susceptible you are to other influences and developing into a chronic pain problem. These influences include such things as the ongoing pain signal to the nervous system even without tissue damage, lack of exercise , a person’s thoughts about the pain, as well as emotional states such as depression and anxiety.  All symptoms can play into how the pain is perceived.  Dr. Corey is able to treat these issues and help resolve the pain before it turns into a chronic problem.

People who suffer from neck and back pain know how it can utterly disrupt and damage one’s life.

Dr. Michael Corey, D.C., B.C.I.M.

2552 Walnut Avenue, Suite 145, Tustin, CA  92780

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Chronic Neck or Back Pain

There are at least two different types of chronic pain problems - Chronic pain (due to a distinguishable pain origination (e.g. an injury), and Chronic pain (with no distinguishable pain origination).

Chronic pain (due to a distinguishable pain origination):  This type of chronic pain is due to a clearly identifiable cause. Certain structural spine conditions (for example, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis) can cause ongoing pain until successfully treated. These conditions are due to a diagnosed structural problem.

Chronic pain with no distinguishable pain origination:  This type of pain continues beyond the point of tissue healing and there is no clearly identifiable pain generator that explains the pain. It is often termed “chronic benign pain”.  The term “chronic pain” is generally used to describe pain that lasts more than three to six months, or beyond the point of tissue healing. Chronic pain is usually less directly related to identifiable tissue damage and structural problems. Examples of chronic pain are: chronic back pain without a clearly determined cause, failed back surgery syndrome (continued pain after the surgery has completed healed), and fibromyalgia.

Pain can set up a pathway in the nervous system and this becomes the problem in and of itself. In chronic pain the nervous system may be sending a pain signal even though there is no ongoing tissue damage. The nervous system itself misfires and creates the pain. In such cases, the pain is the disease rather than a symptom of an injury.  Chronic pain is influenced by many factors, such as ongoing pain signal input to the nervous system even without tissue damage, lack of exercise, a person’s thoughts about the pain, as well as emotional states such as depression and anxiety. Chronic pain is much less well understood than acute pain.  That is where Dr. Corey steps in, he is able to uncover the answers on why the nervous system is misfiring these signals.  Through Chiropractic Neurology and various therapies used in office we can allow the body to heal itself and start functioning normal again to get you feeling yourself.  

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