Over one hundred million Americas currently live with chronic pain, and all people experience pain during their lifetimes. Unfortunately, pain is not well understood, creating more frustration for so many people.
September is Pain Awareness Month. The International Association for the Study of Pain works hard to raise public awareness around pain, pain management, and pain professionals' great work during the month and beyond. They are a great resource, and if you want more information about them, please check out their website. https://www.iasp-pain.org/advocacy/pain-awareness-month/
We recognize that pain brings with it fear and anxiety. These emotions often only exacerbate pain. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience." Pain affects our bodies, our minds, and our social life. Conversely, our bodies, our minds, and our social life affect our pain. Pain is not simple. If it were, then it wouldn't be an epidemic in America.
At Rainey Pain & Performance, we work with many people who are suffering from chronic pain. Our Physical Therapists and Functional Pain Managers take a holistic approach with each person suffering from ongoing chronic pain. We teach the science of pain, self-management strategies, and identify activities that are safe and not safe to do.
When attending physical therapy for chronic pain, your first session will be an evaluation. You will be asked questions about your pain, how it affects your life, what makes it better or worse and what previous treatments you have received, and the outcome of those treatments. Our Therapists or Functional Pain Managers may perform various tests and measures to understand anything contributing to your pain. Exercise has been proven to be effective for chronic pain. Also, pain education can result in increased hope and motivation to improve.
Managing your pain can be challenging. Let us help you start your healing! Give us a call at 520-459-1386 to set up an appointment to get your pain under control.
A Safer Alternative to Opioids
No one wants to live in pain, and no one should put their health at risk to be pain-free. Opioids mimic the chemicals in your body, helping relieve pain, but they do not help your body heal. Long-term consumption is not a good solution for managing pain. There are better options than opioids.
Seeing a physical therapist can provide long-lasting pain relief without the risk of harmful opioids. Physical therapists work to get to the root of your problem, the source of your pain. As professionals trained in the science of movement, we help get your body moving, releasing natural endorphins. The side effects include improved mobility, strengthened muscles, and decreased pain.
Opioids are a dangerous risk. Physical therapy is a safer way to manage your pain. If you are ready to try a better option, give us a call today at 540-459-1386. We would be happy to share how we can help you live a pain-free, active life without the use of opioids.
Chronic Pain in Veterans
Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons veterans seek health care. Far too quickly, opioids are prescribed, only leading to temporary relief and eventually more severe side effects.
Thankfully the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is learning better treatment methods, including physical therapy, as a safer and more effective way to approach and manage chronic pain.
How can seeing a physical therapist or functional pain manager help with chronic pain? We identify the recovery limiting factor. It may be a biomechanical problem, it may be a problem with your exercise routine, it may be a misunderstanding of what is safe or not for you, or it could be something else. We pinpoint the source of the pain and provide you with an accurate diagnosis. Through various treatment methods, including manual therapies, personalized exercises and stretches, dry needling, education, and pain neuroscience, we restore balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength, improving your movement and function and alleviating pain.
Chronic pain can saturate all aspects of your life. We strongly discourage opioids as a solution. There are better, more effective treatments available, and our unparalleled physical therapy and functional pain management may be your answer. On your first visit, we'll discuss the plan of care, expected outcomes, and how long it will take to achieve these outcomes. Come see us so we can help you decrease your pain while improving your movement.