Chronic Pain Doesn’t Have to Dictate Your Daily Life – Physical Therapy Can Help
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for three months or more. Many people suffer from chronic pain because of underlying conditions, whether they have been diagnosed or not. Here at Lake Country Physiotherapy, we prefer to take a different approach to chronic pain management. The language surrounding pain is important and can actually influence our symptoms. We much prefer the term “persistent pain” because the term “chronic pain” can imply a sense of hopelessness and permanence.
If you’re struggling with persistent pain, contact us at Lake Country Physiotherapy in Orillia, Ontario to learn more about how our physiotherapists can help get you on the road to recovery.
Physical therapy and persistent pain
One of the main goals of physiotherapy is pain relief, and discovering the root cause of the pain to treat it, rather than mask symptoms with medication.
Our physiotherapists are highly-trained movement experts who diagnose physical problems and treat underlying structural causes surrounding those problems. We perform physical evaluations with each of our patients, analyze weak areas of the body, focus on places with limited range of motion, and look for any imbalances in gait or standing. All of this helps to identify the underlying causes of your persistent pain. And when pain persists, changes take place within the brain which also must be addressed in order to achieve full and lasting pain relief.
Once the evaluation is complete, your physiotherapist will create a treatment plan unique to your specific needs. This may include specialized, soothing manual therapy techniques to help restore soft tissue and joint movement, pain-relieving modalities, and gentle targeted exercises to improve your strength. We will also address the brain’s contribution to this pain state with cutting edge treatment modalities. Your treatment plan will incorporate in-clinic treatments, as well as an at-home program to ensure that you are remaining healthy and active at all times.
What’s causing my persistent pain?
Persistent pain is complex: it is much more than a localized tissue injury — it incorporates the things we feel, say and do. Understanding and accepting the neurophysiology behind persistent pain is critical in managing it. Injury, illness, anxiety, and feelings of loss and depression are intertwined in a complicated web, which leads your neurological system to always be on high alert. Persistent pain can appear in the form of back pain, neck pain, joint pain, nerve pain, or headaches. Some disease states can contribute to persistent pain, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, shingles, neuropathy as a result of diabetes, and more. When pain does not go away on its own, seeking the help of a physiotherapist can help alleviate it. Physical therapy can help you learn how to understand your pain while maximizing your movement potential to overcome persistent pain.
What’s the difference between persistent and acute pain?
Acute pain can be defined as pain that goes away on its own in a few hours, days, or weeks. The example of a minor ankle sprain would be considered acute pain, as the pain should subside shortly within a few days.
Persistent pain is a constant discomfort that lasts for 3-6 months or longer. There are several reasons why people may experience chronic pain, and it is a common reason for seeking medical help. It can greatly hinder your quality of life by limiting your mobility, impacting your work life and family relationships, creating a dependence on prescription drugs, and contributing to anxiety and depression.
However, this can all be avoided with the help of physiotherapy.
Relieve your persistent pain today
It is not always easy to make sure your body is in tip-top shape, especially if you’re suffering from a nagging, persistent pain. If the idea of sticking with an exercise schedule has you shuddering with dread because of your aches and pains, it might be time to seek professional help. There is a safe and effective solution to creating a pain-free, healthy lifestyle: physiotherapy!
Seeking out physiotherapy treatment can not only improve your fitness, but it can also decrease the amount of persistent pain you feel on a daily basis. If you’re ready to lead a normal, active lifestyle again, contact Lake Country Physiotherapy today so we can set up a consultation for you.