Chronic pain is ongoing and persistent, lasting at least three months and sometimes many years. Over one hundred million Americans currently live with chronic pain, and all people experience pain during their lifetimes. Unfortunately, pain is often not well understood by many people, including health professionals, creating more frustration for many people. Often people get incorrect information from places and doctors that seem credible and like they know what they’re talking about and it can even make sense, but it is not supported by research or doesn’t explain the full picture.
The causes of chronic pain vary. Certain medical conditions like trauma, diabetes, and fibromyalgia are more likely to cause chronic pain. Even after injury and physical tissue have healed, some may experience chronic pain as pain is created in the nervous system.
Chronic pain affects each person experiencing it differently. Common complaints are everything hurting, sudden stabs of pain, fatigue, joint pain, muscles aches, and loss of stamina. For some, it brings great 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." Many factors contribute to pain. A common term that doctors use is biopsychosocial. Pain affects our bodies, our minds, and our social life. Conversely, our bodies, minds, and 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 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. 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.
When attending physical therapy for chronic pain, your first session will be a detailed 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 physical therapists and functional pain managers may perform various tests and measures to understand anything contributing to your pain.
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.
Treating injuries with physical therapy will improve circulation to the joints and tissues, promoting healing.
Physical therapy is a safer alternative than opioids for chronic pain. 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. Seeing a physical therapist can provide long-lasting pain relief without the risk of harmful opioids. 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. Physical therapy is a safer way to manage your pain.
Chronic pain can saturate all aspects of your life. Our unparalleled physical therapy and functional pain management may be your answer. Schedule an appointment today.