Why is Physical Therapy Important in Pain Management?

Physiotherapist exercising with a patient in parkChronic pain affects at least 116 million Americans each year according to the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Melanie Rosenblatt, director of pain management at a medical center in Florida, states that “Chronic pain is in and of itself, a chronic illness. Chronic pain is its own disease, and it can be very isolating.”

If you suffer with chronic pain or a long-term condition that causing you ongoing pain, you will need to get the pain under control or you won’t be able to enjoy the quality of life that you are accustomed to. Acute pain isn’t going to hurt for days and weeks on end. It will make you want to say a few bad words for a few minutes but that pain will typically subside. Chronic pain can set in all parts of your body; bones, muscles, joints, organs, skin, everything is susceptible and can come from a myriad of causes. Chronic pain can start with an illness or injury. Even though the physical problem may be healed but the pain lingers, it creates a psychological dimension that takes on a life of its own,. Some causes of chronic pain would be nerve damage, after effects from burns, pinched nerves, joint pain, arthritis, migraines, and much more.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with chronic pain in most cases. There are almost as many types of treatments for chronic pain as there are causes. Some treatments are as simple as lifestyle changes and therapy but can also be a complex as counseling and surgery. Physical therapy is a great way to address chronic pain caused by an injury to your joints and muscles. Dr. Rosenblatt participated in a documentary aired on PBS in late 2014 called “Pain Matters”. This documentary showed various patients and treatments and highlighted the fact that physical therapy played a vital role in managing chronic pain. The therapists are also able to help their patients recognize what might be the cause of their pain and how to adapt their activities and exercises to improve how they feel.

Physical therapy involves treating the symptom through active and passive treatments. Active treatment includes exercising for strength and pain relief, stretching, manual therapy and low impact aerobics for conditioning. Passive therapies are heat and ice treatment, nerve stimulation treatments and ultrasound. These types of treatments can be customized to each patient and can be very beneficial in easing the discomfort of chronic pain for a patient. Physical therapy can also be used in conjunction with other treatments and medicine to promote the healing process. Senior Care Centers is a home where chronic pain is recognized and attended to, don’t suffer any longer.

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