Importance of evaluating and treating Chronic Pain
It’s important to set up a consultation with a Horizon Physical Therapy therapist to evaluate and treat your chronic pain. Chronic pain affects you physically and emotionally. Physically, chronic pain, can limit your ability to fully function - whether that’s from low back pain, headaches, or arthritis pain. Emotionally, chronic pain can cause psychological trauma ranging from mood swings, confusion, or social isolation.
Chronic pain is a condition that occurs when the brain concludes there is a threat to a person's well-being based on the many signals it receives from the body. This condition can and often does occur independently of any actual body tissue damage (due to injury or illness), and beyond normal tissue healing time.
It is estimated that 116 million Americans have chronic pain each year. The cost in the United States is $560–$635 billion annually for medical treatment, lost work time, and lost wages.
The causes of chronic pain vary widely. While any condition can lead to chronic pain, there are certain medical conditions more likely to cause chronic pain. These include:
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Limb amputation
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Some diseases, such as cancer and arthritis, cause ongoing pain. With chronic pain, however, pain is created in the nervous system even after physical tissues have healed.
Chronic pain affects each person experiencing it differently. In some cases, chronic pain can lead to decreased activity levels, job loss, or financial difficulties, as well as anxiety, depression, and disability. Physical therapists work together with chronic pain patients to lessen their pain, and restore their activity to the highest possible levels. With treatment, the negative effects of chronic pain can be reduced.
How can a Physical Therapist treat chronic pain?
Chronic pain is typically caused by areas of weakness or stiffness which adds stress and pain to other parts of the body. Depending on the area and strength of pain, Horizon Physical Therapy will work to make patients stronger with a better range of motion. Our Physical Therapists are experts at treating pain and it’s source.
Physical therapy is often one of the best choices you can make when you have long-term pain (also called chronic pain) or an injury.
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