Pain is very complex, but recent research has shed light on why some people have chronic, widespread pain that can last for months or even years. The important thing to know is that tissues heal, pain resolves, and physical therapy is an effective, safe way to treat it.
The physical therapists at Edward-Elmhurst Health are experts in the non-surgical, non-medical treatment of chronic pain. They are well-versed in the latest treatments in pain science including: therapeutic neuroscience education, hands-on physical therapy, graded activity and aerobic exercise, habituation and specific exercises to help reduce pain and prevent future problems.
Therapeutic Neuroscience Education is an approach that aims to explain pain concepts to patients from a neuroscience approach, but in easy-to-understand terms. Recent research has shown that more knowledge about how pain works leads to better outcomes, such as experiencing less pain, improving function, and improving tolerance for exercise and other physical activities.
Who may benefit from physical therapy to help relieve pain?
Individuals with the following pain conditions may benefit from physical therapy:
- Chronic low back and neck pain, with or without pain extending into the arms or legs
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Whiplasssociated disorder
- Muscle tension headaches
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Work-related pain/injury
- Joint and muscle pain
- Phantom limb pain
- Chronic regional pain syndrome
Pain is normal, and all of us will have pain at some point in our lives. However, living in pain is not normal. Talk to one of our physical therapists today about what you can do to treat your chronic pain.
Learn more about pain management at Edward-Elmhurst Health.