When you are living with chronic pain, it’s not uncommon for the pain to impact how you live your life. Maybe it’s preventing you from doing the things you enjoy, or maybe you are fearful of trying something new because you’re not sure if it will impact how you feel. Regardless, Physical Therapy can help in the management of chronic pain symptoms!
Chronic pain is a condition in which the brain says there is a threat to your body based on the input that it receives from your nervous system. This can and often occurs despite there being no actual tissue injury or illness. Pain that lasts more than 3 months is considered to be chronic in nature.
The cause of chronic pain is typically multi-factorial meaning there are a number of things that can influence how your body feels. There are several medical conditions that are more likely to lead to chronic pain such as:
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Chronic pain impacts each individual differently and can lead to a decrease in activity level, anxiety, depression, and disability. Treatment for chronic pain also varies based on each individual’s impairments but the overall goals are to reduce pain and improve activity to the highest level possible. Common Physical Therapy interventions may include:
- Patient education on the neuroscience behind chronic pain
- Influence of sleep, stress and nutrition
- Self-empowerment for the management of your symptoms
- Activity Modification
- Low Impact Aerobic Exercise
- Therapeutic Stretching and Strengthening
- Manual Therapy