Are you satisfied with your present management of your pain?
Or is your pain managing you?
There are 2 kinds of pain: acute and chronic.
Acute pain is a new pain that comes on suddenly from an injury or an illness. Pain is a signal that your body is in trouble and out of balance.
When you have a new pain, all of sudden, it is may be best to consult with your healthcare professional. Resolving acute pain quickly prevents you from developing a more serious chronic pain problem which can be challenging to overcome: physically, mentally, emotionally and financially.
Chronic pain is defined as lasting more than 3 months. It is important that you visit your healthcare professional to determine the reason for your pain problem and to offer you advice on how to resolve this chronic pain. Looking for and finding resolution to your pain problem is an option vs. ‘living with it’.
Scheduling an evaluation with an experienced, qualified Physical Therapist may be an integral part of your answer to handling and resolving your pain more effectively.
There are many effective approaches to the treatment of chronic pain. Choosing a specific approach depends upon you and how your body best responds to tissue recovery. In Physical Medicine, there are non-pharmaceutical methods of promoting tissue healing with the application of light, vibration – deep oscillation therapy, electricity – microcurrent, manual therapy, medical exercises, immersion in water, external supports…This is a partial list of the possibilities. Most often, it is a combination of these specialized techniques and procedures that assist your physiology in resolving your chronic pain problems(s).
Chronic pain is pain that lasts more than several months variously defined as 3 to 6 months. Lasting longer is not “normal healing”. It’s a very common problem. Recent clinical studies suggest the following:
- About 25.3 million U.S. adults (11.2 percent) had pain every day for the previous 3 months.
- Nearly 40 million adults (17.6 percent) had severe pain.
- Individuals with severe pain had worse health, used more health care, and had more disability than those with less severe pain.
What Types of Conditions Sometimes Result in Chronic Pain?
- Headaches caused by postural syndromes and work-related activities
- Neck pain caused by car accidents, postural syndromes, work-related activity
- Lower back pain caused by car accidents, lifting injuries, slip-and-falls
- Hip pain as a result of osteoarthritis or injury
- Knee pain as a result of osteoarthritis and sports injuries
Problems Associated with Chronic Pain
- Fear of performing daily activities
- Tightness and stiffness
- Increased use of pain pills
- New or worsening conditions
- Circulation problems
How Physical Therapy Can Help
Patient education – physical therapists help chronic pain patients understand that chronic pain is complex involving more than damaged muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joint tissues. Emotions, depression, anxiety, nervous system hypersensitivity, tissue damage, and pain caused in the brain are all components of chronic pain that may be addressed by
Hands-on treatment – soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques are often effective to help decrease pain and increase mobility.
Graded exercise programs – improving your strength and endurance can make it easier to move around during the day. Consider daily activities like getting out of of a chair or a car, climbing stairs, or walking long distances. These are daily activities that graded exercise programs, provided by a physical therapist, can help with.
Posture and body mechanics instructions – understanding how to properly lift, sit, bend, reach, and perform specific daily activities can help. Moreover, progressively recovering normal movements through stretching and strengthening can assist in the return to normal daily activities.