How ongoing chronic pain can affect the brain
In the past couple of years, it has become evident that chronic pain can lead to brain damage and deterioration in the body. This includes damage to the central nervous system, which impacts motor and sensory function, and neurochemical systems. This damage to the brain tissue is measurable and quantifiable, making immediate and precise treatment of chronic pain essential for preventing your chronic pain from causing further health issues.
There are several studies that show the effect that specific chronic pain conditions have on the brain. These conditions include headaches, fibromyalgia, back pain, and irritable bowel syndrome. While it may seem logical to use pain reducing medication to treat the symptoms of your chronic pain, this medication doesn’t have the same positive influence on the brain as treating the neurological component of your chronic pain to establish better health in the long-term.
One of the primary studies conducted on this topic, studying the effects of lower back pain on the brain, was done at North Western University by Dr. Apkarian — a Professor of Physiology. The results showed that up to an 11% shrinkage in the brain occurred as a result of chronic pain. What’s also interesting is that the loss that occurred in the pre-frontal cortex and the thalamus (a vital structure of the brain that involves sensory and motor signal relay and regulates consciousness and sleep) was related to the amount of time the person was in pain.
For every year of pain suffered, there was a 1.3 cm² of decrease in the grey matter (the grey matter is the outer portion of the brain which contains all the cell bodies). The good news, however, is that the loss of the cortical thickening, or the outer layer of the brain, did not cause any neuron loss, and therefore with proper treatment the damage can be reversed.
Those of us who have been exposed to the pain and suffering of patients can identify with the fact that brain damage is becoming more and more profound. Furthermore, patients who have been suffering from pain often present with an alteration to their sensitivity and their sensory interpretation of odor, taste, heat, emotions, and touch to varying degrees, due to the fact that they have often been compromised for many years. In fact, much of our clinical observations have now been backed by further studies concluding that patients who have been suffering from pain for a prolonged period are not able to process stimuli in a normal fashion. This relates to the way that the forebrain (the portion of our head that we touch to check our temperature) is able to process dopamine and opioids. What appears to be altered due to chronic pain are the brain receptors for these neurotransmitters indicating that chronic pain is not just a condition that requires treatment of symptoms, but a disease that needs a holistic approach to treat the underlying cause of the pain.
In our KKT clinics we often see patients display a positive change in their attitudes, their memory, their vision, their self-esteem, and their whole persona often comes back to life after a few months of care. These positive effects relate to a separate study of patients who were able to regain some of the brain function they lost as a result of their long standing chronic pain.
KKT’s state-of-the-art technology is designed to return your body to its peak state through a comprehensive treatment and post-treatment plan. If followed consistently, KKT’s treatment is often more effective and less invasive than other invasive treatments which often don’t treat the underlying cause of your pain.
If you are concerned about the symptoms or physical pain you are experiencing, a comprehensive diagnostic assessment by a KKT physician will determine if you require treatment. Click here to find your nearest KKT clinic and book an appointment.
The KKT Orthopedic Spine Center opened Monday, 6 February 2017 in Seef District under the patronage and presence of Her Highness Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa bin Hamad Al Khalifa. KKT is a global leader in pain management based on the latest methods of treating chronic pain in the bones, spine, back, neck, joints, nerves, headaches and arthritis using ultrasound and without surgical intervention.
KKT currently supervises 24 new pain management centers in 12 countries, 12 centers with comprehensive spine rehabilitation services and 12 clinics of leading medical institutions. KKT was founded in 2003 by Aslam Khan, a global pain specialist, in collaboration with other spinal columnists, biomechanists and researchers over the past 15 years.
The KKT treatment program was established as an alternative treatment for surgical intervention and medication.Al-Ayam
Dr. Mansoor Khan and the team at KKT Orthopedic Spine Center are excitedly coming up on their one year anniversary at their location in Streetsville Mississauga. They have quite a large following of happy patients helping to further spread the word about the advanced acoustic wave therapy being performed at the newest opened facility of this global company.
“Patients come through my doors searching for a solution to their pain and many have been told by other health cared providers there is nothing more that can be done except long term pain medication or surgery” says clinic manager Serina Bowles, “My favorite part of managing this clinic is seeing these same patients leave through the doors with less or no pain and improved daily function, but most of all, knowing they have found the right place to help them.”
KKT has been in operation for 15 years in 25 clinics worldwide. KKT Mississauga was opened with the plans to become the hub for North America as the centers begin to expand across the country and the US. Currently patients are travelling from all over North America to receive care at this location.
The success of KKT rides on their discovery and use of the science behind sound wave technology. Through evaluation of a patients medical condition and identifying the source of the pain, KKT uses sound waves that are personalized to the patients own anatomy to gently maneuver the parts of the body back to their more normal position thereby eliminating the cause of the pain instead of just focussing on managing the pain the problem is causing. The technology not only alleviates the physical problems, it also encourages the body to upregulate the proteins in the ligaments and disc and promotes self healing. Patients now have a non-surgical, painless option to fix the root of their chronic pain.
KKT is a well known therapy option in their other regions and has been applied more than 500,000 times and has the backing of the FDA, CE and other international certifications.
Problems of the spine, such as degeneration, traumatic injury, scoliosis, bulging discs, facet disease and many others are the root cause of needless suffering for so many. By fixing the actual problem that is causing the pain using KKT, the patient experiences relief from the pain the problem was causing such as migraines, numbness in the extremities, sciatic pain, nerve problems, low back pain and mobility issues.
Recent patient Prasad Bhagawat says, “I was suffering from severe pain and burning in my neck for over a year and was unable to continue working, Dr. Mansoor and his staff took good care of me. Though I was a little skeptical at the start it really helped me recover from the pain.”
Dr. Mansoor Khan’s RateMD page is filled with similar comments:
“By far the best doctor I have ever received treatment from.”
“When I started at KKT I was not expecting very much as I had been to various back doctors and a pain specialist who had in effect given up. I was to have a spinal block to see if that would help. Luckily my son insisted that I try KKT. After the very first treatment I had incredible relief.”
“My back had been almost permanently bent in a C shape for a few years which was affecting my knees as well. Before I went to see Dr. Khan I was taking 2 arthritis pills, 5 extra strength Tylenol and 3 back pills per day. These pills were not able to even tough the pain I was in, I was existing that was all. I am now on 1 arthritis pill per day and absolutely no other meds. My back is straight and pain free and my knees don’t hurt at all. I am completely pain free for the first time in at least 10 years!”
“As a physician I am forever grateful to the KKT clinic and Dr. Khan for their expert treatment and quickly restoring my function.”
Stories like this fill the waiting room on a daily basis as more and more people are hearing that this treatment option is available to them in the area. The science behind this revolutionary technology has helped thousands of patients worldwide and the team is happy to be making it available more locally and seeing the difference it is making to people around the GTA. If you would like further information about how KKT can help you please contact the office at 905 285 0005 or email at email@example.com.