Pain is a necessary reaction that our bodies have that tells us when something is wrong, and it should be respected. However, pain does not always work in the traditional way. Sometimes pain is due to an underlying condition that you have no control over and can linger for days, weeks, or even months. When pain persists for three months or longer, it is referred to as “chronic pain.”
Chronic pain is a constant discomfort that can last for 3-6 months (or even longer!), despite your best efforts to relieve it. There are several reasons why people may experience chronic pain, and it is the most common reason why people seek medical help. Those suffering from chronic pain may have their quality of life greatly hindered, with limited mobility, a dependence on prescription drugs, or even anxiety and depression. However, all of this can be addressed with the help of physical therapy.
The majority of chronic pain cases stem from the musculoskeletal system: bones, muscles, joints, and connective tissues. Chronic pain most commonly occurs due to one of the following causes:
Many people assume that physical therapy is only used for post-surgical procedures; however, physical therapy can also be used to treat a variety of conditions, including chronic pain. It is true that physical therapy can help decrease scar tissue and shorten the time spent recovering after surgery, but one of the main goals of physical therapy is pain relief – which can be applied to any source of pain, whether it is post-operative or not.
Our physical therapists are highly-trained movement experts who can diagnose physical problems and any underlying structural causes surrounding or contributing to those problems. We conduct thorough physical evaluations by focusing on places with limited range of motion, analyzing weak areas of the body, and looking for any imbalances in gait or standing. This helps to identify the underlying causes of your chronic pain. Once the underlying causes are identified, an appropriate movement plan will be established. Appropriate movement will help desensitize painful tissue and work with the body's self pain regulators.Treatment will likely include manual therapy to relieve your pain, decrease scar tissue, and improve movement. It may also include targeted exercises to increase strength and stretching to improve your balance. Your treatment plan will incorporate in-clinic treatments, as well as at-home programs, in order to ensure that you are remaining healthy and active at all times. You do not have to live with chronic pain, call New Stride Physical Therapy today.