Overcome Chronic Pain With Physical Therapy
Posted on July 12 2016
As physical therapy specialists, we see first-hand how chronic pain can devastate lives. In America alone, chronic pain impacts over 100 million people. Pain is an epidemic impacting the quality of life for those in its wake, as well as family members and friends of those affected.
Fit Physical Therapy defines chronic pain as any ongoing (greater than 3 months) discomfort that impacts one’s ability to participate in normal daily activities. If you are no longer able to participate in activities that you once enjoyed because of continuous discomfort, it is likely that you are experiencing chronic pain.
Chronic pain strips life’s quality away.
The biggest issue with chronic pain is that it tends to worsen gradually over time. Many folks deal with the growing discomfort by isolating themselves from the physical and social activities that once brought them fulfillment and happiness. As pain worsens, family and friends may begin to notice their loved one detaching and becoming more irritable and isolated. If the condition is left untreated, chronic pain can eventually lead to depression and even suicide.
Chronic pain is an invisible problem.
Chronic pain can be difficult to explain, challenging to quantify, and for a lot of patients, impossible to prove. Let’s face it, a big part of the problem is that pain is invisible. Most patients trust their doctor. When their pain isn’t resolved, many patients begin to feel like their doctor doesn’t believe or trust them. This can be devastating. The worst part is that pain levels, from one day to another, can fluctuate. Pain is a moving target which can cause great frustration and confusion for the patient and their caregivers.
Don’t lose hope. You have options!
As physical therapists, it’s our passion to creatively identify unique solutions to any pain symptoms you may be experiencing. There are many tools in the PT toolbox that are proven to help release the pain and help our patients return to their active and thriving lifestyles.
Education provides valuable insights.
Believe it or not, one of the most effective tools to overcome chronic pain is education. Understanding root causes of your symptoms can greatly improve the healing process. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) publishes many informative articles on the topic of pain (and many other topics as well). To learn more, visit the APTA website.
Don’t let chronic pain keep you from living your best life. Fit Physical Therapy is here for you. Every day, we help patients manage their pain symptoms by providing a targeted and specific pain management plan. Through customized treatment techniques, patients regain the mobility and quality of life needed to thrive. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at a clinic near you!
Yours for improved comfort during recovery,
Dr. Patti Hutt, Arvada and Lakewood Clinics
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