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Chronic Pain Education

Have you been suffering from a persistent, relentless pain that’s affecting your physical abilities and quality of life? If so, you can find relief through physical therapy treatments.

Pain is a necessary reaction that our bodies have that tells us when something is wrong, and it should be respected. If you accidentally touch a hot stove surface, your immediate reaction will be to pull your hand away because of the pain. This is a physical reaction to the pain and your brain knows that if your keep your hand there any longer, there will be a possibility of sustaining a serious injury.

However, pain doesn’t always work in traditional ways. Sometimes pain is due to an underlying condition that you have no control over and may linger for days, weeks, or even months. When pain persists for three months or longer, it is referred to as “chronic pain.” If you have been suffering from chronic pain and you are seeking relief, contact us to schedule an evaluation.

What’s the difference between chronic and acute pain?

Acute pain is a temporary pain that goes away on its own within a few hours, days, or weeks. The example of touching a hot surface would be considered acute pain, since it would subside shortly after you pull your hand away. Another example of acute pain would be an ankle sprain.

Chronic pain is a constant discomfort that can last for 3-6 months (or longer), despite your best efforts to relieve it. There are many reasons why people may experience chronic pain. It is also the most common reason why people seek out medical help.

How can physical therapy help?

Many people assume that physical therapy is only used for post-surgical procedures; however, physical therapy can also be used to treat a variety of conditions, including chronic pain.

Our therapists can identify physical contributors and any other underlying causes surrounding or contributing to your pain and limitations. Once the physical evaluation is complete, your physical therapist will create an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs which will include both in-clinic and at-home treatments. Our devoted physical therapists are excited to help get you on the right path to long-lasting pain relief.

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