When pain goes on for more than 6 consecutive months without associated tissue damage, it may be considered chronic pain. Chronic pain can be very debilitating and frustrating, and the main concern of the majority of chronic pain sufferers is identifying the cause in order to begin to find relief. Chronic pain can also cause a major decrease in activity level for those suffering, an issue that can compound both pain and frustration.
Pain following an injury (such as a strain or sprain) that lasts longer than the expected recovery time frame can be considered chronic, as can pain associated with conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Regardless of the cause, finding relief for patients is the first concern of the team at A Step Ahead Physical Therapy.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends physical therapy as a “first line treatment” for chronic pain. Physical therapy offers many benefits for those suffering from chronic pain, including:
Decreased pain without the use of addictive medications
Improved mobility and flexibility
Increased independence and activity/energy levels
Reduced risk of additional health problems
Not all chronic pain is the same, and therefore no two treatment plans will be identical. At A Step Ahead, your physical therapist will work with you personally to perform a complete examination and determine the best course of action for your unique situation. Our team is proud to provide one-on-one, personalized attention addressing the specific, individual needs of each patient, because we know there’s no “one size fits all” solution to chronic pain.