Can physical therapy treat chronic pain?

Chronic pain can have a wide range of causes, including arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia and spine conditions like herniated and bulging discs. What these conditions have in common is that they are often nonreversible and symptoms can be notoriously hard to pinpoint and treat effectively. This in turn can lead to decreases in mental health and feelings of hopelessness that make life even more difficult for chronic pain sufferers. 

Fortunately, it is possible to effectively manage chronic pain with a comprehensive treatment plan. One option that many people are surprised to hear about is physical therapy. With a hands-on approach that involves both active and passive techniques, a physical therapist can help improve overall function and health to address chronic pain. 

To help you better understand the benefits of physical therapy for chronic pain, we’re happy to share the following information. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our representatives if you’d like more information about our treatment options or you’d like to learn more. 

Physical therapy for chronic pain — treatment approaches

Since no two patients with chronic pain are the same, the first step in developing an effective treatment program is for your therapist to understand your condition, medical history and any treatments you’ve attempted so far. You can also expect to discuss your specific symptoms and activities that can trigger them. Because of this, it can be very helpful for you to keep a journal of symptoms, including their causes and severity, to give your therapist the most accurate information possible. 

From there, your physical therapist will often perform a physical examination to check for painful or tender areas and analyze posture, balance and mechanics. With this information, your therapist can work with you to build a personalized treatment plan that can include the following options: 

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Posture and movement training
  • Manual therapy

With chronic pain, a stronger body with better cardiovascular health can help patients better manage pain. In cases where pain is the result of nerve compression, physical therapy can help relieve pressure on the nerve and reduce inflammation. 

Chronic pain relief at Franklin Rehabilitation

Don’t let chronic pain run your life for another day; start your journey toward relief. Contact the caring team at Franklin Rehabilitation to schedule your initial appointment with one of our experts.