Treating Chronic Pain – Pain Awareness Month
Did you know that September is Pain Awareness Month? Millions of people in the United States are currently living with chronic pain. This condition can have a profound effect on your ability to enjoy your daily life. While numerous treatments are available for chronic pain, physical therapy can help you regain normal mobility and manage your pain. At Flower Physical Therapy, our team works one-on-one with patients to relieve their chronic pain. Please continue reading to discover how we address chronic pain through physical therapy.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain can be described as unfortunate pain that has persisted for longer than twelve weeks. It’s critical to note that chronic pain can be complex and prevent you from concentrating on routine activities and moving normally. In many cases, this type of pain can persist long after the initial injury or illness that caused it has gone away. The pain signals in the nervous system can remain active for weeks, months, or even years. The feeling of chronic pain varies with each patient and is very personal. Some of the conditions that chronic pain is linked to may include:
- Headaches or Migraines
- Nerve Pain
- Back Pain
The stress you experience from chronic pain can produce additional physical and emotional effects, like limited mobility, lack of energy, anxiety, depression, and tense muscles. The sooner you address your feelings of chronic pain, the sooner you find ways to manage the problem.
Treating Chronic Pain
When it comes to managing your chronic pain, there are several options at your disposal. Physical therapy can be an excellent option for treating chronic pain. Our dedicated physical therapists will work with you to improve your function and decrease pain. Our team understands that not all chronic pain is the same. Physical therapy treatments can include some of the following:
- Flexibility and Strengthening Exercises.
- Manual Therapy.
- Instructions of Posture Awareness and Body Mechanics.
Treating pain symptoms as soon as possible can help prevent chronic pain. You should never ignore your pain, especially if it doesn’t improve as expected. Your physical therapist will help you develop strategies to prevent chronic pain from interfering with your life.
At Flowers Physical Therapy, we understand that it can be challenging to function properly when dealing with chronic pain. This September, take advantage of Pain Awareness Month and start finding new ways to manage your pain. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!