Chronic Pain: What do you do now?

Chronic pain sufferers can feel like they are grasping at straws as to how to manage their condition. They can hear things like it is bone on bone or even let’s get you scheduled for surgery. When they are told things like this, they are left with more questions than answers.

Chronic pain, which is defined as pain that lasts for several months, or in some cases, years, affects millions of Americans everyday. Chronic pain is contributing to the growing epidemic of opioid medication use and abuse. If you are looking for ways to manage your condition without medication physical therapy may be the answer you are looking for.  Physical therapists can help you to understand the underlying cause of the pain. They can also properly strengthen and improve your flexibility.

Most of us want a visual image to give us answers such as x-rays or MRIs. The answers you may get are stenosis or degenerative changes without realizing that these conditions occur naturally in the body as we age.  What shows up on an image may or may not be related to your symptoms. Once imaging has cleared you of a serious condition, your physical therapist will help guide you back to the life you want to live!

If you experience an injury, or develop the onset of pain, seeing a physical therapist early on can help address and manage your symptoms. PTs are experts who can treat chronic pain and help you identify strategies to better manage your pain. The earlier you seek care, the better the chances you have for not developing chronic symptoms.

Physical therapy plays a vital role in helping patients manage and overcome chronic pain. We encourage our patients to never give up because this does not have to be a way of life. If you would like more answers about chronic pain contact your physical therapist at Paramount Rehabilitation Services of Standish. We are here to help return you to the life you have been missing out on.