How is chronic pain different from other types of pain?
We’ve all had sprained ankles and pulled back muscles. And while those incidents are never pleasant, the pain rarely lasts more than a few weeks at most. Chronic pain, on the other hand, can go on for months or even years, especially when you can’t find the proper diagnosis or treatment for it.
Apart from the longer timeframe, chronic pain differs from the other main category of pain — acute pain — in that it doesn’t always have a cause you can pinpoint. In fact, while acute pain normally comes from a sudden illness or injury, chronic pain might stem from a wrenched back that happened so long ago that you don’t remember. Alternatively, your pain may have its origins from non-injury conditions, such as a degenerating disk, aging joints, or a pinched nerve.
Most importantly, chronic pain differs from acute pain in that it sometimes can’t be measured or even found through traditional testing like X-rays. Of course, sometimes inflammation can be detected with these diagnostic tools, but often it’s a physical therapist who is best able to determine the location and extent of the damage.
What are some common forms of chronic pain?
As you might imagine, there are many chronic pain-causing conditions that don’t go away on their own. Among the types which may be helped by physical therapy are:
- Pelvic Joint Pain
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Frozen Shoulder
- Foot Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
How can physical therapy help my chronic pain?
The type of chronic pain you have, as well as its underlying cause, will determine what sort of treatment your physical therapist will recommend. That might involve working as part of a medical team for cases such as diabetes-related pain, or when physical therapy is attempted in hopes of avoiding surgery.
Among the techniques a physical therapist will employ to help relieve pain, as well as improve range of motion, are manual therapy, in which your physical therapist will stretch and apply gentle pressure to target problem joints and muscles. Teaching your posture and movement techniques to reduce pain is often a key part of chronic pain therapy, as are exercises for improving strength and flexibility.
When you need help dealing with — and often eradicating — chronic pain, call us for a consultation. Our highly trained team of physical therapists is here to help.
Types of Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain
A series of muscle-strengthening exercises and therapeutic methods can help to relieve your long-term discomfort. Before we can create a strategy, we will evaluate your range of motion, poor habits and comfort level. Your physical therapist will schedule sessions to help you improve your posture, mobility, strength, or mobility after the consultation.
Physical Therapy solutions can include cupping, acupuncture, and decompression therapy depending on your needs. You can also do the exercises and stretches that you learned in physical therapy at home to help reduce your pain. These chronic pain treatments can be done regularly and will improve your muscle strength.
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Our experienced physical therapy team has been helping patients manage chronic pain and our specialists are licensed to provide exceptional and personalized care to reduce pain and restore function. We can help reduce chronic pain and our staff offers the best in hands-on treatment and a variety of options for patients. Call us today to book your appointment.
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“A torn meniscus injury from basketball decades ago followed by a meniscectomy operation led me to favor my right knee/leg for most of my adult life. My decision to undergo physical therapy was twofold—to prevent any future surgical prospects, and shore up the joint’s stability and strength support so as not to interfere with my biking interests. Pain was not a primary issue.
Stephen Wilson’s therapy treatment proved to be invaluable. I was assiduous in maintaining the recommended daily exercises to shore up weak/unresponsive muscles and stiff tendons, which included working the entire leg from hip/glutes to ankle flexibility. It became clear to me the knee joint does not function independently of the rest of the leg. I now enjoy a renewed knee joint, and my walking stride has never been as confident as I enter my mid-seventies.”
“I absolutely love going here!! Everyone is so friendly and helpful and understanding and patient( which is hard to find)! I appreciate how both the docs explain things in a way that I can understand and seem genuinely concerned about the problem as well as happy for even the smallest progress!! This has been the best choice I could’ve made and even though I am 45 and felt like I was just falling apart, they have helped me feel better and I have been able to get back to disc golf and other activities that I love!!”