Physical Therapy to Treat Pain Pain can result from an injury like an ankle sprain or broken arm. Also, pain is typically present following surgery. It can be a key symptom of many conditions including arthritis, tendonitis, and chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia. Physical therapy is effective for addressing the full spectrum of pain, regardless of the source.
Physical therapy aids pain relief by multiple means. Specifically:
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
- Heating modalities (hot packs, ultrasound)
- Hydrotherapy (whirlpool)
- Cooling modalities (ice, cryocompression)
- Customized therapeutic exercise in our on-site gym
- Personal home exercise programs and lifestyle modification
- Postural education and functional training to reduce pain during daily activities
Modalities act on your nervous system to block pain and break the pain-muscle spasm-pain cycle. This allows the body to take advantage of a “break” from pain and help to heal itself. Maintaining a healthy level of activity is critical for managing pain. In order to determine the right amount for you and your specific condition, a physical therapist will teach you to pace your exercise intensity and frequency.
Fibromyalgia Chronic pain conditions are especially serious and result in a dramatic loss in function. For example, fibromyalgia is becoming a well known condition that affects more than 5 million people in the US. It continues to frustrate both patients and providers due to the ongoing unknowns of cause and effective treatment. However, evidence shows that physical activity can have a positive impact on patients suffering with a chronic pain condition. Determining the right amount of exercise for a patient with a chronic pain condition is an appropriate role for a physical therapist.
Regardless of the source of your pain, consider seeking physical therapy to find some relief. Please call us at Pouzol Physical Therapy to learn more.