Can physical therapy help your chronic pain?

Many people think that the best way to combat chronic pain is through medication and rest, but that’s not always true. In truth, physical therapy can impact pain in a positive way. It sounds odd to people who experience pain with movement, but it’s important to understand why movement with the guidance of a trained physical therapist is different from moving your pain-effected areas on your own.

According to Everyday Health, physical therapy can be a very important part of any pain management program. However, it’s very important to do physical therapy ONLY under the care and direction of a licensed physical therapist. A physical therapist can evaluate your situation and design the best exercise regimen for you in order to meet your goals. Trying to do physical therapy on your own can worsen your pain if it’s done incorrectly. Proper physical therapy techniques are safe and aid in pain reduction, which prevents further injury or increased pain.

If you have any of the following types of pain, physical therapy may be an option for you. However, this is not a comprehensive list of pain that can be improved by physical therapy.

Why is physical therapy so helpful in these situations? One reason is because many people who experience chronic pain don’t move, so their muscles are weak. Another reason is because strengthening muscle helps alleviate pain. Physical therapy can teach people how to move again in a safe way that won’t exacerbate pain.

Just 30 minutes a day of PT exercise three to four times a week will help you with chronic pain management. Consistent, managed physical therapy can help with:

  • Strength in the muscles

  • Endurance

  • Stability in the joints

  • Flexibility in the muscles and joints

  • Pain in the body

A consistent and safe PT exercise routine will decrease pain, increase mobility, and help you live a more full life. If you are experiencing pain and need help, Carolina Orthopedics can help. No doctor’s referral is needed although some insurance companies may require a referral. We can be reached at 844.836.6595 to discuss your options and schedule an appointment. The caring staff at Carolina Orthopedics wants to help you increase your quality of life and decrease your pain, so call us today.

You do NOT need a doctor’s referral to utilize our services. You can make an appointment directly with Carolina Orthopedics in New Bern at 252.634.2676, and in Jacksonville at 910.353.4500. You can also contact Carolina Orthopedics toll free at 844.836.6595.