Discover how you can reduce chronic pain

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Chronic pain silently afflicts millions of people worldwide, extending beyond the boundaries of physical discomfort. At Mountain Land Physical Therapy, we believe that comprehending and addressing chronic pain requires a fresh perspective—one that considers both biological and psychosocial factors. In this blog post, we introduce a groundbreaking model for managing chronic pain, challenging the conventional focus on pain intensity and relief. Our approach champions active rehabilitation and patient empowerment, emphasizing the significance of a holistic view of pain management. Let’s embark on a journey to shift our approach to chronic pain, considering its biological and psychological aspects alongside the physical symptoms.

A New Model for Understanding and Treating Chronic Pain:

Traditionally, the medical community has primarily focused on reducing pain intensity through medication and other interventions to manage chronic pain. While this approach can temporarily provide relief, it often overlooks the underlying factors contributing to the pain experience. Our new model regards pain as an integral component of the body’s stress response, recognizing the intricate interplay between biological and psychological elements.

Common Chronic Pain Diagnoses:

Before we delve further into our approach, let’s acknowledge some common chronic pain diagnoses that physical therapy can assist with:

  1. Osteoarthritis
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  3. Fibromyalgia
  4. Neuropathy
  5. Chronic Migraines
  6. Arthritis
  7. Neuropathic Pain
  8. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  9. Long-Lasting Pain Resulting from Trauma or Surgery

When Does Pain Become Chronic?

Generally, we define chronic pain as any pain persisting for more than three to six months, exceeding the expected healing time for an injury. This prolonged discomfort can substantially affect an individual’s quality of life and daily functioning.

The Role of Pain Medications:

One frequently asked question concerns the appropriateness of pain medications during our program. While our ultimate goal is to minimize or eliminate the need for pain medications, there are situations where their use is warranted. However, caution is essential, particularly regarding long-term opioid use, which can lead to physical dependence and tolerance. Our program strives to diminish reliance on medications by addressing the root causes of pain.

The Vital Connection Between Sleep and Chronic Pain:

Sleep plays a pivotal role in managing chronic pain. Sufficient and restorative sleep can yield numerous positive effects, including:

  1. Reducing pain perception
  2. Diminishing inflammation
  3. Enhancing tissue healing and repair
  4. Managing stress
  5. Improving coping strategies
  6. Regulating the nervous system to reduce heightened pain responses
  7. Enhancing the effectiveness of pain-relieving medications

Will Pain Persist Indefinitely?

The duration and intensity of chronic pain can significantly vary among individuals. Numerous factors, including an individual’s perception of pain, mood states, and behaviors, influence pain levels. Over time, most patients experience an improvement in their pain, but the journey is unique to each person.

Mountain Land Physical Therapy remains dedicated to revolutionizing our approach to chronic pain. Our comprehensive model integrates biological and psychosocial perspectives to equip patients with the tools necessary to regain control of their lives. Although the path of chronic pain can be challenging, our program aims to empower individuals, reduce reliance on pain medications, and instill a renewed sense of hope and well-being. Together, we can embrace a future where chronic pain receives holistic understanding and management, enhancing the lives of countless individuals in pursuit of relief.

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