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What is a normal amount of pain?

Education | | Dr. Dann

The answer is none, zero, zilch, nil, nada, zip!

As a rehabilitation specialist, I am deeply committed to helping individuals regain their health and well-being after injury or illness. One of the most concerning trends I've observed is the normalization of pain in our society. Pain is often seen as a natural part of aging, or something to be endured quietly. However, this misconception can have serious consequences for both physical and mental health.

Firstly, pain is not normal. It is the body's way of signaling that something is wrong. Whether it's chronic back pain, joint discomfort, or headaches, these symptoms should not be dismissed or ignored. Ignoring pain can lead to further complications and potentially worsen the underlying condition. As rehabilitation specialists, our goal is to identify the root cause of pain and work towards addressing it through targeted therapies and exercises designed to promote healing and restore function.

Secondly, normalizing pain can lead to a diminished quality of life. When individuals resign themselves to living with pain, they may limit their activities, social interactions, and overall enjoyment of life. This can create a cycle of physical de-conditioning and emotional distress. By addressing pain early and effectively, we can help our patients regain their independence, confidence, and ability to participate fully in daily activities.

Lastly, our approach here at I.MOVE. emphasizes holistic care and patient education. We strive to empower our patients with the knowledge and tools they need to manage and prevent pain. This includes teaching proper body mechanics, ergonomic principles, and self-care techniques. By promoting a proactive approach to health and wellness, we can shift the narrative around pain from acceptance to empowerment.

We believe that it is crucial to challenge the notion that being in pain is normal or inevitable. As rehabilitation specialists, we advocate for a proactive approach to pain management that prioritizes early intervention, targeted therapies, and patient education. By working together to address pain and its underlying causes, we can help individuals reclaim their health, well-being, and quality of life. We hope our patients, and all people, will no longer accept living in pain as normal, but rather see it as a signal that requires attention, care, and compassionate treatment.

If you tell yourself that you are just living with the “normal” amount of pain, it’s time to give us a call!


Dr. Dann is a chiropractor serving Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Clackamas, and Oregon City.
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