Chronic Pain

Chronic pain refers to long-term pain most commonly lasting for longer than 12 weeks. Chronic pain varies in intensity and continuity. It can be debilitating. The loss of productivity and daily activity due to pain is substantial. It affects people of all ages, races, and occupations and without treatment, pain can have a significant impact on the pain sufferer and their entire family. According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies an estimated 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.chronic-pain

The most common types of chronic pain include arthritis, lower back, bone/joint pain, muscle pain and fibromyalgia. Physical therapy is a very important part of any pain management program. Pain can be worsened by exercise that isn’t done correctly (or interpreted incorrectly as pain rather than overuse), and a physical therapist can tailor the right exercise regimen for you.

Treatments include:

  • Proper exercise to slowly builds your tolerance and reduces your pain
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy to allow people to learn and have a better understanding of pain
  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Visual imagery
  • Biofeedback
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Manipulation and massage
  • IontophoresisTherapy
  • Custom Orthotics (arch supports)
  • Movement therapy and exercise such as yoga, tai chi, qigong

The bottom line: seek help for your pain as soon as it becomes a problem in your life. We aren’t guaranteed lives without pain, but when chronic pain starts to destroy your ability to function in the world, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. To find out more, call us at 952-835-6653, fill out our online form, or email us at drdennis@advacaremn.com.

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