Did You Know You Could Relieve Your Chronic Pain With Natural Treatments?
Have you grown accustomed to feeling a twinge here and a spasm there? Do you suffer from recurring aches and pains for reasons you don’t totally understand? Have you been gritting your teeth and putting up with a longstanding chronic pain condition?
Maybe you’ve been putting off medical treatment for your ailment because you’re afraid of one particular form of care – surgery.
Well, now you can stop worrying because physical therapy could make surgery unnecessary in your case. Contact Cornerstone Physical Therapy to discover the non-invasive world of conservative pain management!
Chronic pain, defined
You’re not surprised or confused by pain when it occurs alongside an acute health problem, such as an auto accident injury, sports injury, or localized infection. Pain in these circumstances is only natural – plus you have the reassurance of knowing that the pain will last only as long as it takes you to recover from the underlying problem.
But chronic pain offers no such reassurance. This type of pain lasts longer than 3 months, and may even last a lifetime if the underlying cause is incurable. The pain may come and go, or it may plague you continuously. It may be a mild annoyance, or it may be a debilitating agony.
Chronic pain can severely limit your ability to move around freely, perform manual tasks, get a decent night’s sleep or do a decent day’s work. Some chronic pain syndromes, such as sciatica, may trick you into thinking that they’re gone for good, only to come back again and again. But don’t think that you’re alone in your distress; some 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.
Why am I experiencing chronic pain?
In some cases, chronic pain is the after-effect of an acute injury or illness that never quite healed properly.
For instance, an internal soft tissue injury may have formed adhesions, lumps of scar tissue that grow over them and make it painful for you to move those tissues.
Chronic aches and pains can also be caused by:
- Herniated or bulging discs that pinch the spinal nerve roots or spinal cord
- Systemic problems, such as fibromyalgia
- Arthritis, a degenerative, inflammatory joint condition
- Musculoskeletal imbalances or weaknesses
- Overuse of specific tissues, which causes those tissues experience ongoing inflammation and strain
- Trigger points, tight muscle knots that go into spasm and refer pain to various parts of the body
What can I gain with the help of a physical therapist?
Since medication tends to provide only temporary relief from chronic aches and pains, you may assume that your only long-term pain relief option is surgery.
But procedures to fuse joints or remove pieces of vertebral discs can do more harm than good, not to mention the lengthy recuperation you’d have to endure. That leaves physical therapy as your safe, effective, drug-free, non-invasive answer.
Our physical therapist team can reduce and control your chronic aches and pains by prescribing:
- Techniques such as TENS or ultrasound therapy to block pain messages and promote healing
- Heat therapy to loosen tight muscles
- Cold therapy to reduce swelling and inflammatory pain
- Massage therapy to break up adhesions and trigger points while soothing inflamed tissues
- Strengthening exercises to help your body support itself more easily
- Stretching exercises to increase your flexibility
- Exercises that target specific joints or muscle groups suffering from chronic pain conditions
Relieving pain through passive and active therapies
Once our physical therapist has isolated the underlying cause of your chronic joint pain, we can prescribe techniques to help you start feeling – and moving – more like your old self.
Physical therapy for joint pain may start with passive exercises, in which we move the afflicted joint for you to increase its pain-free range of motion.
Exercises that reduce the amount of weight on the joints can also be extremely helpful. For instance, we may recommend swimming or water walking as a means of exercising the hips and knees without also forcing them to bear your full weight.
Other types of exercises can also help you overcome your joint pain while improving joint function. Strengthening exercises help by reinforcing the muscles and connective tissues that serve the joint. Corrective exercises and neuromuscular re-education can help you maintain a straighter, more symmetrical posture.
Last but not least, physical therapy offers a variety of helpful modalities beyond exercise. We may treat your joint pain with heat, ice, and manual therapies such as massage, just to name a few.
Discover the natural treatments of physical therapy today
According to Harvard Health Publishing,
“Trying physical therapy before opting for surgery may be the better choice. You may be able to spare yourself the expense, pain, and recovery time of surgery, says physical therapist Karen Weber, clinical supervisor at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Outpatient Centers in Braintree and Quincy, Mass.
There is growing evidence supporting that idea. In the past few years, studies have indicated that physical therapy is just as effective as surgery for relieving pain and restoring function for people with arthritis in their knees or backs.”
Our physical therapist is ready to help you achieve the comfortable life you seek without going under the knife.
Call Cornerstone Physical Therapy to arrange for a consultation and request a personalized treatment program!