Long-Term Relief for Chronic Pain in Central Oregon
More than 50 million Americans have chronic back pain, according to the CDC, which is just over 20% of our adult population. Many chronic pain sufferers seek relief in pain medication whether this is physician based or self-treating. Research has shown that opioids are not an effective treatment for chronic pain. The CDC guidelines recommend physical therapy and exercise as more effective treatments for chronic pain. Medications do not address the underlying cause of chronic pain, but physical therapy can.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is pain or discomfort that lasts longer than three months. Unlike acute pain, which can be attributed to a specific ailment or injury, chronic pain often cannot be pinpointed to a specific condition. The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) describes chronic pain as “pain that continues when it should not.”
Historically, chronic, persistent pain was treated through rest and inactivity. However, research now shows that chronic pain can be reduced and physical function improved, through exercise and mobility.
Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain
Physical therapy is one of the most effective treatments for chronic pain. It is more than merely doing the right exercises to improve strength. A skilled physical therapist will work to identify the source of the pain as well as any areas of weakness. They then introduce a treatment program that becomes progressively challenging as mobility improves. The recommended treatments will often include low-impact exercise, strengthening exercises, stretching and improving aerobic capacity. Physical therapists also provide essential education so patients can better understand how much pain is acceptable. While it is not good to ignore pain, it is important for sufferers to understand the pain itself, so they know how to respond to it appropriately.
Education, strength training, flexibility exercises, manual therapy, postural awareness, and body mechanics instruction are all means to an end. Physical therapists are licensed and trained to identify the causes of chronic pain and establish an individualized treatment plan for alleviating and possibly eliminating pain.
If you want help with chronic pain in Bend, Eagle Crest, Redmond, Sisters, OR, or the surrounding areas, call our office today. Ask your insurance if a referral is required. All insurances are accepted. Start feeling better with the experts at Step & Spine Physical Therapy.
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