Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain

Posted on: June 16, 2018

Physical Therapy

When many people think of physical therapy, or physical rehabilitation, they assume it is a referral service offered only to people recovering from surgery. In reality, it is for anyone in need and can be scheduled with a simple phone call. Physical therapy is often associated with ACL tears, hip fractures and serious medical procedures, but even people with small injuries, chronic pain or those experiencing a limited range of motion can benefit.

Chronic pain

Chronic pain is any pain that has persisted for more than three months, or 12 weeks. It usually lasts years and has underlying causes, like an injury that never healed properly, a spinal injury that needs to be remedied, degenerative diseases or conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia. For many people, chronic pain is so debilitating that it interferes with daily living, causing them to resort to a sedentary lifestyle.

A common problem

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, over 116 million American adults have reported experiencing chronic pain (https://www.apta.org/). Chronic pain is also the leading cause of long-term disability, as stated by the National Institutes of Health (https://www.nih.gov/).

While pain medication is one way to deal with chronic pain, it is not sustainable nor truly improves quality of life. Long-term use can even lead to dependency for any kind of relief. Physical rehabilitation may provide a more natural and gentle means of introduction back into physical activities that could eventually lead to drug-free pain relief. For those with degenerative diseases, inflammation and limited range of motion associated with their chronic pain, physical rehabilitation can help reduce symptoms related to these conditions. Visiting a physical therapist for help with pain management could lead to:

  • Being able to work again
  • Enjoying more activities with friends
  • Spending more time with family
  • Improved overall health

Chiropractic services combined with physical rehabilitation

Both chiropractic care and physical therapy focus on reinstating the body’s proper kinetic chain movements. This process involves working with the body's muscles and joints to find renewed strength, range of motion and utilitarian purpose with limited medication. A combination of these medical practices could allow a patient’s body to heal to its optimal ability. By using both chiropractic care and physical rehabilitation, patients will engage in a customized treatment of flexibility and stretching exercises, low-impact strength training, manual therapy and adjustments, posture retraining and range of motion with mobility exercises based on individual needs.

Get help

If you are struggling with chronic pain and other health conditions, we can help you find the right treatment option to reduce pain and improve your quality of life. To learn more about our integrated treatment plans and physical therapy programs for pain, schedule an appointment with our office today.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with ChiroMed Health Center, request an appointment in our Santa Ana office here: https://chiromedhealthcenter.com. Or call us at (714) 604-1599.