Chronic Pain Relief
I was suffering from chronic neck pain and migraines for years when I was referred to Marketplace Riverwalk. I wasn't sure it would even help, because I had just gotten used to being in discomfort. And not to be dramatic, but I was uncomfortable the point of being miserable most every day. After an assessment, I got set up with a plan that worked on not only fixing the underlying problem, but alleviating the chronic pain.
Curing Chronic Pains: Finding Relief with Physical Therapy
Are you experiencing chronic pain that’s keeping you from doing the things you love? If so, physical therapy can help.
Our bodies experience pain as a physical response to something harmful going on in our bodies. For example, if you accidentally touch a hot stovetop, your immediate reaction is to pull your hand away. Your brain recognizes the pain that the hot stovetop causes, sometimes even before you realize it yourself. The messages being sent back and forth between your brain and your hand understand that if your hand is kept on the hot stove for a prolonged amount of time, you will sustain a serious injury.
However, pain can sometimes occur for underlying reasons that we cannot control. Pain may linger for hours, days, weeks, months, or even years. Chronic pain lasts for three months or longer. If you have been suffering from chronic pain and you are seeking relief, contact Marketplace Physical Therapy & Wellness Center today to consult with one of our licensed Riverside, Corona, Chino, Redlands, and Beaumont, CA physical therapists. We will do all we can to get you back to doing the things you love again.
The difference between acute and chronic pain:
Acute pain is temporary pain that usually goes away on its own within a few hours, days, or weeks. The example we used of touching the hot stove and then immediately pulling your hand away would be considered an example of acute pain due to the fact that the pain would likely subside shortly after your hand is pulled away. Another example of acute pain would be an accidental ankle sprain, as the pain would likely last for a couple of weeks until it is healed.
Chronic pain is any pain that persists for three months or longer. It is the most common reason why people seek medical help, and there are a large number of reasons why it may occur. Additional symptoms commonly experienced with chronic pain include decreased mobility, depression, anxiety, prescription drug dependence, and an overall decline in quality of life. This can cause frustration and debilitating results; however, physical therapy can help alleviate your chronic pain.
Why am I experiencing chronic pain?
Chronic pain is typically rooted in the musculoskeletal system, which is comprised of your bones, muscles, joints, and connective tissues. Some common conditions that may lead to chronic pain include:
Unfortunately, surgical procedures are sometimes unavoidable. When surgery is necessary, the recovery period itself may prove to be just as painful. Surgical repair of an area on the body may be enough to correct a structural problem, but we often compensate in our movement for the pain we experience. Weeks, months, and years of compensatory movement cause additional pain after surgery. Physical therapy offers both pre-surgical and post-surgical rehabilitation services that can help relieve pain, speed up recovery time, and reduce the risk of developing chronic pain in the future.
According to a 2016 statistic found by OSHA, workplace injuries happen to approximately 2.9 out of every 100 employees. A study published by the journal Pain also states that 21% of people involved in motor vehicle accidents develop chronic, widespread pain in the weeks following their accident. This pain won’t go away on its own, therefore you should seek the help of a Riverside, Corona, Chino, Redlands, and Beaumont, CA physical therapist to help in alleviating it. Any accident can lead to chronic pain, whether it occurs in the workplace, in a motor vehicle, or even in your own home. PT treatments can help provide relief for any accident-related chronic pain.
Your gait, posture, stance, and the ways in which you work or exercise can all take a toll on your body if you are not careful. Overuse injuries occur when improper techniques are used, causing an abnormal strain on the affected body part. When this happens, your joints and muscles can become damaged, resulting in chronic pain. Physical therapy can help you learn how to properly move your body in your everyday life, in order to avoid overuse injuries.
There is a large variety of diseases that can lead to chronic pain, including multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer. The chronic pain experienced from these conditions range from dull to severe. For those looking for relief, Physical therapy can alleviate and manage Chronic Pain.
How can I find relief with physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a safe and effective method for treating chronic pain. Physical therapists are movement experts, and the dedicated staff at our Riverside, Corona, Chino, Redlands, and Beaumont, CA. Our physical therapists will examine the affected area(s) of your body. We will gauge any imbalances, weaknesses, or limited ranges of motion. Our physical therapists do this to determine what the best course of treatment will be for your specific needs.
Many treatment plans for chronic pain include some form of manual therapy. Manual therapy helps to alleviate pain, increase mobility, and decrease scar tissue. It may also include targeted exercises and stretches, in order to improve your strength and balance. If you are looking for chronic pain relief, contact Marketplace Physical Therapy & Wellness Center today to schedule your initial appointment. We’ll get you on the right track to long-lasting pain relief!