WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?
Chronic pain is pain that persists or progresses over a period of time greater than six months. The experience of pain extends beyond the expected healing time for an injury and limits participation in normal daily activities. Chronic pain can range from minimal to severe and include joint, muscle, neck, and low back pain, headache, neurogenic pain (pain due to nerve or central nervous system damage), visceral pain (pain that comes from the body’s organs), and fatigue.
the main types of chronic pain
what can you do about your chronic pain?
exercises for chronic pain
What is Physical Therapy?
- Physical therapists are trained, licensed specialists who help individuals develop, maintain, and restore maximum movement and function. Physical therapists specialize in helping restore flexibility and strength throughout the body to allow you to enjoy your life with less pain. Discuss with your doctor if physical therapy is a good option for your chronic pain.
- Physical therapy is an effective treatment with positive long term outcomes for patients with chronic pain. A successful treatment plan consists of the following: hands-on therapy, an exercise program, posture & body mechanics training, and modalities (cold/heat, ultrasound electrical stimulation).
Physical therapists are trained to apply specialized, hands-on techniques that help relax tight muscles and restore the body’s joint movements.
A patient-specific exercise program focusing on mobility and strength will be designed to help you return to your optimal daily activity and quality of life.
Physical therapists are experts at movement analysis. Your physical therapist will help improve your posture and body mechanics for daily activities.
Cold/heat, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation are used to decrease pain and relax the muscles.