Chronic or persistent pain is when pain lasts six months or longer beyond the expected healing time of an injury. Recent statistics indicate that 42-50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.
Symptoms of chronic pain can vary from mild to severe and limit your ability to complete daily activities. Growing research suggests that the underlying cause of chronic pain is increased central nervous system sensitivity.
Physical therapy is recommended as a first-line treatment for chronic pain by the CDC because it doesn’t require the use of addictive opioid medications. The benefits of physical therapy for chronic pain include decreased pain, improved mobility, increased independence, and reduced risk of other health problems.
A physical therapist will complete a comprehensive evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your chronic pain before creating a treatment plan. This examination may include screening the upper and lower quarter and assessing the sensitivity of your nerves.
Treatment for chronic pain may include:
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