In recent years, more and more evidence has shown that physical therapists very well may be the answer when it comes to managing pain. In fact, physical therapy is a key component of pain control and is oftentimes the first point of entry for patients recovering from a serious injury or those who are suffering from chronic pain. Chronic pain management is a complicated process that varies from patient to patient, which is where physical therapy comes in. The notion behind physical therapy is to provide patients with an approachable answer to their pain that is customized based on their specific needs and history. While the last thing many who are suffering from chronic pain want to do is think about moving, physical therapy can actually be an important part of pain management. Even though the thoughts of doing exercise can make you want to climb into a dark hole, it is one of the best pain management options. Here at Classic Rehab, our knowledgeable physical therapists are committed to working with each and every one of our patients to ensure we come up with the right course of action. All of our pain management programs are tailored to the patient and include a range of physical modalities.
What Are the Goals of Physical Therapy for Pain Management?
Over the last 30+ years, research has indicated that acute, chronic pain is associated with changes in tissues after injury. Furthermore, chronic pain is said to be a direct correlation of changes in the nervous system that increase sensitivity to the point of discomfort. That being said, physical therapy management programs aim to reduce pain and improve overall function. These programs require the patient to act as an active participant, whether they like it or not. Physical therapy is commonly used to alleviate a range of sources of chronic pain, including the following:
- Chronic headaches
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Neuropathic pain
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Nerve damage
- Multiple sclerosis
Physical therapy is intended to help those suffering from chronic pain become stronger and achieve a higher quality of life, pain-free. Physical therapists at Classic Rehab are trained to teach people how to move safely and functionally, oftentimes in ways they never thought they would be able to again.
There are a whole host of physical therapy treatment options that are designed for pain management, including the following:
- Manual therapy on soft tissue
- Manipulation of joints and bones
- Movement therapy and exercise
If you are suffering from chronic pain or would like to learn more about how physical therapy for pain management, please do not hesitate to contact us today.