Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain
Pain that persists for weeks, months, or even years is known as chronic pain. Chronic pain typically does not resolve itself over time. In fact, if left untreated, chronic pain often will only get worse. Similar to muscle memory, the nerves that transmit painful impulses can become “trained” to deliver pain signals more effectively.
Common sources of chronic pain include:
- Post-surgical trauma
- Neurogenic pain (pain caused by nerve damage)
- Back and neck pain
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Joint pains due to arthritis
- Sinus pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Cancer and other diseases
Millions of Americans experience chronic pain, which can limit mobility and reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance. Patients who have experienced extended bouts of chronic pain are often unable to maintain a healthy lifestyle or achieve a state of general fitness. Oftentimes when these patients seek help from their doctor, they are prescribed an opioid pain reliever.
Though opioids help many patients deal with chronic pain, they also cause the most prescription drug-related overdose deaths in the United States at a rate that continues to rise. Through our customized physical therapy for chronic pain programs, Lexington Rehab Center can help you significantly reduce your use of opioids for treatment of chronic pain, and in many cases, help you avoid opioids altogether.
Experts agree that physical therapy for chronic pain plays a vital role in helping patients manage and overcome chronic pain. When you seek physical therapy for chronic pain at Lexington Rehab Center, we will create a customized physical therapy program tailored to your specific needs and pain management goals.
Physical therapy programs for chronic pain may include a combination of:
- Graded Exercises | Strength and flexibility exercises are very beneficial for patients with chronic pain. Your physical therapist will design a program of exercises that will gradually increase as your strength and flexibility improve. Graded exercises can help chronic pain patients improve coordination and movement, reduce stress and strain on the body, and decrease pain.
- Education | To improve your knowledge and understanding of your chronic pain, your physical therapist will teach you how it occurs and what you can do about it. They will also teach you body awareness to improve your posture and movement. Learning how to move your body more efficiently can help you perform everyday tasks with less or no pain.
- Manual Therapy | Manual therapy consists of gentle, hands-on techniques applied by your physical therapist. These techniques are used to manipulate or mobilize joint structures and soft tissues. Manual therapy can help increase a chronic pain patient’s range of motion, improve the quality of their tissues, and reduce pain.
Because they are effective treatments for many types of chronic pain, your physical therapist may also recommend acupuncture and/or therapeutic massage as complements to your physical therapy program. Twin Cities Chiropractic and Lexington Rehab Center offer traditional chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy all in the same building.
If you have chronic pain and need physical therapy, you can count on the team at Lexington Rehab Center to be your pain management advocates. Your physical therapist will work closely with you to educate you on chronic pain and help you find solutions that will improve your quality of life. Through individualized, one-on-one physical therapy sessions for chronic pain, you can expect to improve movement, learn pain management strategies, and in many cases, reduce your pain. Don’t spend another year of your life in constant agony. Contact us today to get on the path to a more pain-free existence!