How Physical Therapy Can Aid Pain Management

January 9, 2017

Did you know that chronic pain, an ongoing pain that lasts for many months, affects more than 110 million Americans each year? The good news is that even excruciating pain can be reduced or managed with aid from a physical therapist who specializes in treating them. This includes:

  • Strength exercises
  • Mobility exercises
  • Manual therapy
  • Posture correction
  • Instructions on managing body mechanics causing the pain

This also includes helping patients realize the underlying cause of the pain and how certain treatments can alleviate it or make it manageable. Based on personal fitness goals and the PT’s diagnosis, the patient is offered a custom treatment plan that can speed up recovery. This includes a home exercise program that patients will be trained in so that they do not aggravate the cause of their pain and make it worse.

However, physical therapy for pain management requires more than just exercise. The following is a list of essentials that are part and parcel of an informative physical therapy session regarding chronic pain management:

  • Your physical therapist should take his/her time explaining the cause of your pain using terms that you can understand. This includes advice on improving posture and how you can add gradual movements to the affected area to increase flexibility and range of motion despite the pain.
  • If the pain and swelling is compromising your quality of life, your physical therapist can prescribe hot or cold packs to make it easier to manage.
  • Your nervous system might be in overdrive during this time thus making the pain feel worse than it is. To combat it, your physical therapist might train your senses so that the pain does not overwhelm you.
  • If the pain cannot be reduced with physical treatments, your physical therapist might suggest TENS or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation to reduce impact on your nervous system.

Pain that is preventing you from doing daily tasks is compromising your quality of life. Your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong and ignoring those signals can give rise to serious physical ailments. Sports Physical Therapists can connect you with trained and experienced physical therapists who specialize in pain management and appropriate treatments. Our network of service covers Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

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