How Physical Therapy Treats Pain

Whether you have pain in your back, neck, knees, or any other joint in your body, you know how dreadful it can be. Chronic pain is a terrible condition that can make even the smallest of tasks almost impossible. Even with treatment, it can be hard for you to overcome this debilitating problem.

At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine, our goal is to help you to overcome your pain using a variety of treatment techniques. One of the ways Dr. Mark Conliffe treats chronic pain conditions is with physical therapy. Along with an amazing team and physical medicine, Dr. Conliffe helps you to get back your strength and your life.

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain can happen for a lot of different reasons at any point in your life. Whether it’s some form of arthritis causing pain in your joints or an injury that never seems to completely heal, pain can be completely debilitating. Other chronic conditions that cause pain include:

When you suffer from any of these disorders or any problem that causes pain on a daily basis, you probably don’t do much of anything that provokes discomfort. Over time, the lack of physical activity to the affected area causes stiffness, weakness, and possible even muscle loss. This can make your condition even harder to treat.

That’s where physical therapy can help you. Physical therapy is a type of treatment that promotes strength in your body, to hopefully reduce the amount of discomfort you’re experiencing. Physical therapy is typically used in conjunction with other therapies, or surgery, to promote healing and mobility.

How physical therapy can help

No matter what the reason you’re experiencing physical pain in your life, one thing is for sure: Finding relief is essential for a normal life. Physical therapy is a versatile treatment option that gives relief for many chronic and acute conditions.

Physical therapy helps you to overcome your discomfort by not only increasing your strength and flexibility, but also by addressing the underlying problem. Our therapists do a thorough history and check for any areas of your body that are weak or stiff and may be contributing to your pain.

Once they formulate a diagnosis and a treatment plan, you’ll be on your way to a life of less pain. You can expect to do light exercises during your appointments, along with other forms of therapy, including:

You’ll most likely do a mix of all of these training techniques, depending on what condition is causing your problems. These treatments help to strengthen the areas of weakness, which in turn promotes increased mobility and less pain.

Physical therapy isn’t just exercises though. Because some of these treatments can cause you to use muscles that have been dormant for some time, our therapists incorporate other forms of care to ease the soreness related to gaining strength. These other forms of therapy include:

By using both forms of treatment, our therapists give you the best plan of attack to overcome your chronic pain. Physical therapy isn’t going to be easy and may even cause some soreness the following day. This is a normal part of the healing process, but sticking with it is imperative to a positive outcome and successful treatment.

To find out more about how physical therapy can get your life back on track, call our office at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online today.

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