Chronic Pain Sufferers Can Treat
Their Pain With Physical Therapy
When you feel pain, it’s your body’s way of telling you it needs some attention. Acute pain is something that comes on all of a sudden, usually due to an injury or some mobility/function change. Some examples of acute pain include waking up with a stiff neck or running into a wall that ends in hurting yourself.
Chronic pain is different from acute pain. Although it can begin out of nowhere, the pain from it can linger… going beyond the normal time for healing. Diseases and accidents can cause this kind of pain a long time after the event that resulted in it. The real issue with chronic pain is that people “tend to ignore it”, and this causes the body and brain to change to handle that pain.
A person suffering with chronic pain will suffer both physically and emotionally – feeling their well-being decrease over time. Most people use drugs to treat the pain they feel, but they don’t find out what the cause of their pain is. Instead of using drugs to treat chronic pain, physical therapy is a non-invasive, drug free and safe way to treat all kinds of pain. However, it’s extremely effective for chronic pain.
How Is Chronic Pain Defined, What Kind Of Pain Is Associated With It
Any pain you have felt for more than three months can be defined as chronic pain. The pain can either be one of two things:
Neuropathic – this pain is the result of actual nerve tissue damage, usually comes with a burning sensation or sharp pain.
Nociceptive – this pain occurs due to an outside source, usually has a persistent dull ache. (This kind of pain happens in adults between 30 and 50 years old. However, it can happen with other age groups, typically from injury or a lifestyle choice.)
When chronic pain is the result of a nervous system irritation or injury to the nerves, it can cause an array of corollary symptoms:
- Lack of mobility
- Low back pain
- Balance issues
- Actual muscle loss
- Change in stance or posture
How Can Physical Therapy Help With Chronic Pain Symptoms
Physical therapy is extremely effective in the treatment of chronic pain symptoms. The long-term objective for physical therapy is to bring the spine back to a healthy state and ensure the body feels better overall. It’s also helpful in removing the real reason for the chronic pain and bring back normal functioning.
Physical therapists will use massage and/or the trigger point therapy to lessen the chronic pain sufferers feel. Now, a physical therapy treatment plan you follow at home may also be developed. This can include an exercise plan that will help you to build the strength back into those affected regions.
If you have chronic pain, it’s important you seek out help from a physical therapist. This professional can use treatments that can effectively help with the chronic pain, either alone or with traditional medical care without undergoing through surgery or using medications. This can be an effective form of therapy in long-term pain management, and perhaps even eliminate the pain altogether. For more information about physical therapy and treatments available visit Bethesda Metro Physical Therapy.
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