Chronic Pain

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This program introduces a new model for understanding and treating pain, emphasizing the importance of considering both biological and psychosocial factors. It criticizes the traditional approach of solely focusing on pain intensity and relief and advocates for active rehabilitation and patient empowerment. The model highlights pain as part of the body’s stress response and encourages a broader perspective on pain management. Overall, the patient will have a shift in how we approach pain, considering its biological and psychological aspects in addition to the physical symptoms. 


Common Chronic Pain Diagnosis that PT can help with

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathy 
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Long-Lasting Pain From Trauma Or Surgery


What are common chronic pain diagnosis that PT can help with?

Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy (particularly diabetic neuropathy), chronic migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome and long-lasting pain resultant from trauma or surgery, among others

When is pain considered chronic? 

Chronic pain is generally considered to be any pain that lasts more than 3 to 6 months and persists beyond the time frame in which an injury is expected to heal.

Should I take pain medications while on this program? 

The ultimate goal is not to use pain meds. However, there will be times when it is appropriate to do so. Long-term use of pain medications, especially opioids, can lead to physical dependence and tolerance. This means that over time, the same dose of medication might become less effective, and higher doses may be required to achieve the same level of pain relief.

How does sleep help chronic pain? 

Sleep plays a crucial role in managing chronic pain. Adequate and restorative sleep can have positive effects on pain perception, reduce inflammation, increase the speed of overall tissue healing and repair, assist in managing stress, improve coping strategies to better manage pain, regulate the nervous system to reduce heightened pain responses and enhance the effectiveness of pain-relieving medications.

Will pain persist forever?  

Pain levels vary and are influenced by a range of factors, including how the patient perceives their pain, their mood states, and their behaviors. Over time, most patients’ pain will return to a more typical level. However, the duration this takes could vary significantly from person to person.

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