- Chronic pain lasts. Pain is considered chronic when it continues beyond the usual recovery period for an injury or an illness. It may be continuous or come and go.
- Chronic pain, sometimes called persistent pain, can be very stressful for both the body and the soul and requires careful, ongoing attention to be appropriately treated.
- Chronic pain is often intractable, as the cause of the pain cannot be removed or treated.
- Chronic pain is the number one cause of adult disability in the United States.
- Chronic pain can touch nearly every part of a person’s daily life. It also has an impact on the family and, because of its economic and social consequences, it affects us all.
- Chronic pain can be a source of frustration for health care professionals who seek to provide care and assistance.
You may think the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain is to get moving, but physical therapy can be an essential part of pain management.
Physical therapy involves a number of different types of pain management methods:
- Manipulation of joints and bones
- Manual therapy using hands or tools on soft tissue
- Movement therapy and exercise