Being with pain can make daily life difficult and less enjoyable. While it is normal to experience pain after an injury or surgery, that pain should go away after you heal. If you are still living with pain, or have a chronic illness or disease, you need a plan; a plan to get out of pain the most effective way possible, without the use of unnecessary drug.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain can be caused by a variety of factors, and the best way to deal with it is to seek medical help.
Chronic pain happens because of one of the following causes:
Overuse Injuries –
Overuse injuries are common and can affect any area of the body that is used frequently. When correct posture is not used, damage to your joints and muscles can occur, resulting in long-term pain.
Certain diseases such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, shingles, and neuropathy as a result of diabetes, can lead to chronic pain.
Surgical treatment may be required to correct a structural problem; however, the rehabilitation process itself may be painful.
Compensatory injuries –
when you have an injury or misalignment in a certain area of your body, other parts of your body will adjust to compensate. This compensatory pain is the result of joints or muscles moving incorrectly, which generates strain on other areas of the body..
Workplace Injuries –
Any accident or injury on the job can result in chronic pain.
Car accidents –
People involved in car accidents can develop widespread chronic pain in the weeks following the event.
Physical Therapy Can Help Relieve Your Chronic Pain
One of the primary goals of physical therapy is to manage pain and treat underlying causes, rather than masking symptoms with medications. Physical therapy can teach you how to move your body correctly to avoid injury. Our physical therapists are trained movement professionals, capable of identifying physical issues and addressing the underlying physiological causes of these issues.
We use thorough physical examinations to evaluate your posture, weak and vulnerable body parts, areas with limited range of motion and detect any gait or balance irregularities. All of these tests aid our therapists in determining the root cause of your chronic pain.
Following the examination, a physical therapist will create a rehabilitation plan that is specific to your needs. Your treatment plan will include both in-clinic and at-home therapy to keep you safe while you are receiving treatment. The goal will be to help restore soft tissue and joint mobility, using advanced, pain-relieving techniques and gentle strength-building activities.