Chronic Pain Recovery
50 million Americans are affected by chronic pain. According to the statistics for 2018, 50 million US citizens, or a little over 20% of adults, are living with chronic pain. In fact, the overall chronic pain prevalence in the US is higher than that of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Chronic pain, one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care, has been linked to restrictions in mobility and daily activities, dependence on opioids, anxiety and depression, and poor perceived health or reduced quality of life. Physical therapy can help you manage your pain without the need for invasive surgeries or continued dependence on pain relief medication. A physical therapist will employ a variety of interventions to manage and improve your pain and overall quality of life. It is our goal to get you back to living life ELEVATED and pain free.
How Chronic Pain Affects lives:
Pain whether it being acute or chronic can have a debilitating effect on an individual's life. As mentioned above, chronic pain has been linked to many psychosocial issues due to restrictions in might place on their life.. These restrictions can include but are not limited too decreased:
- Joint range of motion/stiffness
- Social Life
- Work/Life Balance
- Ability to perform regular daily activities
Each of these factors can contribute to mental illness including increased stress, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Learning to deal with chronic pain and how to manage it will not only minimize your pain felt but will improve your overall quality of life. No one wants to live a life in pain, it is our goal at Pick PT to help you return to LIVE LIFE MOVING pain free.
What Causes Chronic Pain
There are MANY factors that cause and can lead to acute and chronic pain. Acute pain may be a direct result of a painful stimulus. This stimulus sends signals to your brain making you aware that you have been injured and in turn the brain sends pain signals to the area of the stimulus which causes you to protect it. At times the stimulus doesn’t go away (i.e. structural impairment, poor body mechanics, etc.) and continually sends signals to your brain. As long as a stimulus is present, this pain cycle will continue until the stimulus is removed.
Chronic pain can develop as a result of a prolonged painful stimulus and/or a traumatic or painful event. Chronic pain can even be exacerbated by increased stress or poor sleeping habits. It is important to understand the root cause of your pain and to learn techniques that can help decrease and manage your pain in order to return to living life normal. Our therapists at Pick PT are trained in techniques to manage and decrease chronic pain including, but not limited too:
- Manual Therapy
- Joint Mobilization
- Specific/Functional Exercise
- Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE)
What Pick PT Does to Help
Our Physical Therapist’s at Pick PT are educated in Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) and have an understanding of how the brain contributes to chronic pain. Physical Therapy can help “rewire” your brain to decrease chronic pain and improve quality of life. In addition to PNE, you will be taken through a specific pain management program that meets your needs. Our therapists will perform a detailed initial assessment in order to create a plan of care that not only meets your needs but works on specific goals to return you to back to being you! It is our goal to help every patient LIVE LIFE ELEVATED and help you take charge of your health!
For more information visit: http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/2019/5/Feature/ChronicPain/
Chronic Pain Therapy FAQs
Q: What is Chronic Pain?
A: Chronic pain is pain that continues a month or more beyond the usual recovery period for an injury or illness or that goes on for months or years due to a chronic condition. The pain is usually not constant but can interfere with daily life at all levels.
Q: Is all my pain in my head?
A: This question is often asked by people who have been told that they will have to learn to live with their pain. At times, it is difficult to pin down a specific physical cause for the pain. But that does not lessen the suffering. When we experience any pain, it is in both our bodies and minds. We cannot separate the physical and psychological effects any situation has on us.
Contact Pick PT Today
Visit our office at our Rexburg or Idaho Falls Physical Therapy locations. Our highly-trained team of physical therapists are ready to help you live life moving!