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Physical Therapy – An Effective Chronic Pain Management Option

Physical TherapyChronic pain can reduce a person’s ability to perform daily activities and affect quality of life. Today, physical therapy is widely recommended to treat chronic pain. In established NY healthcare centers, skilled physical therapists work with other healthcare professionals to develop customized pain management plans to meet their patient’s specific needs.

Along with reducing the pain, discomfort, and stiffness due to joint injury, fractures, and muscle strains, physical therapy can also help prevent loss of movement associated with arthritis and other related health conditions. The earlier the condition that is causing the pain is treated, the better the chances for controlling the pain or putting it into remission.

A physical therapy session may include

  • Stretching and strengthening exercisesPhysical therapy exercises usually include stretching and strengthening, and can increase muscle strength, flexibility and endurance.
  • Myofascial Release – This technique eliminates pain and increases range of motion by working directly on the restricted fascia.
  • Massage – Pressure is applied to the soft tissues of the body such as the muscles. Massage helps relax the muscles, increases circulation, and eases pain in the soft tissues.
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) – TENS involves the use of a device to send a low-voltage electric current to the skin over the area where you have pain. It improves the body’s production of endorphins or natural pain killers, thereby relieving pain.
  • Ice or heat compression – The technique is ideal to eliminate muscle spasm and inflammation. While ice calms inflammation, heat warms up your muscles so they move better. Both can lower pain.
  • Ultrasound – Ultrasound waves treat soft tissue injuries by blocking the pain messages sent to your brain.
  • Traction – This involves the use of a hand traction unit or device to decompress the wrist joint and relieve pain.

Timely treatment is necessary to prevent chronic pain from worsening and causing permanent damage. Established healthcare centers in NY offer personalized physical therapy programs to help patients recover quickly and enhance physical fitness. Treatment may include non-invasive modalities such as chiropractic manipulation, spinal decompression, and rehabilitation services for the best possible outcomes.

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