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.