Are you in pain but don’t know what it is that is actually causing your pain? Pain is a symptom of either a mechanical dysfunction or inflammatory process. Mechanical type of pain refers to any interruption in normal body structures, or when excess stress and load is placed on these anatomical structures, altering normal body movement and function. Most often mechanical dysfunction is a result of poor posture, incorrect movement patterns when bending and lifting, poor bedding or chair design.  Inflammation is a biological response to remove harmful stimuli, such as damaged cells, pathogens or irritants. When this response takes place, there is an increase in blood flow resulting in redness and warmth. Tissue swelling also tends to occur and in turn stimulates and irritates nerves causing pain. 

Mechanical pain includes intermittent pain, develops later in the day, when standing for a while, with lifting, driving for long distances, with repetitive bending, and running. 

Generally mechanical pain includes:

  • Pain With movement- Increases with activity, Decreases with rest
  • Injury or previous episodes
  • Moderate or transient stiffness
  • Activity that aggravates it , like running or sitting
  • Diffuse pain that is unilateral (one-sided)
  • Pain that is worse at the end of the day 

Inflammatory pain usually presents as a constant pain, awakes you at night, stiffness in the morning or after resting.

Generally inflammatory pain includes:

  • Insidious or gradual  onset 
  • Ache/ Throbbing sensation
  • Severe, long lasting morning stiffness
  • Rest increases pain
  • Activity can sometime provide some relief
  • Local pain that can be bilateral (both sides)
  • Worse at night and early morning
  • Redness and heat coming of area
  • Less activity related

Arthritis is considered an inflammatory condition, including- Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis and gout. However, osteoarthritis is not considered inflammatory but mechanical. 

Spinal/ back pain is one of the most common conditions affecting individuals, interfering with work and even your everyday life. It is important to identify whether the source of your back pain is mechanical or inflammatory in nature, as the treatment approach is very much different to one another. 

Here at Lakeside Chiropractic, our chiropractors are working and differentiating whether each condition a patient presents with is mechanical or inflammatory in nature. This being from your back, to your elbow, ankle, hip, foot pain or any other bodily structure. In identifying the cause of your pain our chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities best suited to you and your needs. This includes chiropractic adjustments, mobilisations, soft tissue therapy, dry needling, trigger point therapy, interferential, ultrasound, specific rehabilitative exercises and stretches, education and advice on lifestyle factors.

If you are suffering pain and don’t know what is causing it, our chiropractors will assist you in identifying whether it is attributed to a mechanical or inflammatory cause. Our chiropractors Dr Schiller and associates will then treat your mechanical or inflammatory causation of pain, considering it is within a chiropractor’s scope of practise. 

Located in Joondalup – Perth, Lakeside Chiropractic is central to northern suburbs Edgewater, Kinross, Currambine, Hillarys, Padbury, Heathridge, Beldon, Craigie, Woodvale, Ocean Reef, Mullaloo and Kallaroo. Call us on 9300 0095 or visit our website www.lakesidechiro.com.au to book an appointment and see one of our friendly chiropractors. With HICAPS on site we can claim immediately from your Private Health fund, so no running around for you. We are a Medibank preferred provider but can also process BUPA, HBF, HIF, Frank Health, CGU Health, GMF Health, AHMG plus many more. Just ask when booking in your appointment.

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