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Symptoms of Pain (Neck Pain, Back Pain, Neuralgia)

Symptoms of Pain (Neck Pain, Back Pain, Neuralgia)

Pain can vary enormously from a mild ache to an intensity that is so severe that a patient cannot concentrate or function without some form of relief.

Some pains are made worse by movement, others are worse at rest. The quality of the pain can vary from aching through stabbing, shooting, squeezing, throbbing to burning or any other variety of altered sensation.
Other factors which may affect the pain include the weather, side effects of medication or any emotional or family issues which are unresolved.

The type and severity of the pain may be related to the underlying disease process and treatment may be for symptomatic relief or curative.

Diagnosis of Pain (Neck Pain, Back Pain & Neuralgia)

Diagnosis is based on the patient’s symptoms, a full examination and tests related to the mechanical nature of the pain or the underlying disease process. Blood tests may identify types of arthritis, causes of inflammation or other serious conditions. X-rays are often unhelpful, except in long-standing disease. Scans such as MRI, CAT, or ultrasound are very effective at diagnosing structural problems and can identify ‘slipped’ discs or tumours.

At the practice, we use a machine of Japanese origin which gives a picture of energy imbalance and can help identify structural abnormalities by measuring acupuncture points (the ‘AMI’). This is an additional test which can help decide on the most appropriate form of treatment.