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The Basic Pathophysiology Of Pain & How Ice Therapy Or Heat Helps

Pain in joints, muscles, ligaments, and spine have specific patterns or cycles. This article familiarizes you with the petrophysical response of pain, and it will inform you why you feel pain and how to get rid of it fast. 

We have covered what mechanisms are involved in pain sensation and the basic pathophysiology and how cryotherapy (ice therapy) or heat therapy helps. Should you have any questions about the topics or content of our site or on this article, contact us. You can reach us at our main center on 03 2093 1000.

What is the Basic Pathophysiology of Pain?

Musculoskeletal injuries are one of the main reasons children and adults lose their days of school and work. Topical heat and cold applications treat musculoskeletal injuries such as bony, ligamentous, muscular, and tendinous injuries. Topical heat and cold modalities are used with physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, exercise, and patient education for the multimodal treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

Learn how swelling or inflammation of tissue is the leading cause of pain?

The inflammation that occurs around the tissue injury site stimulates specialized nerve endings called nociceptors. Nociceptors transmit painful nervous stimuli through the spinal cord to the brain, and the sensation of pain is perceived. At the same time, neurotransmitters, chemicals produced by our body to signal transmission, initiate a reflexive muscle contraction at the injury site due to increased muscle activity and tonicity. This will lead to painful muscle spasms if muscle contraction persists. Persistent muscle spasm causes secondary hypoxic tissue damage due to decreased blood flow and oxygen to the surrounding tissues. This pain-spasm-pain cycle must be interrupted as early as possible to prevent secondary damage and manage the pain. 

Specialized temperature-sensitive nerve endings called thermoreceptors can detect changes in skin temperature. The nerve signals initiated by these thermoreceptors can block painful nociceptive information within the spinal cord. Proprioceptors that detect joint position sense through tissue pressure changes and movement also reduce the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Activation of thermoreceptors and proprioceptors through physical therapy and chiropractic treatment can decrease muscle tone and relax painful muscle spasms. 

 If you are injured or in pain, visit one of Kuala Lumpurs best chiropractors for thorough assessment and treatment today; the clinical teams of Chiropractic Specialty Center® have the expertise, advanced technology, and experience to fix and repair spine and joint conditions without surgery or injections. 

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