Chronic Pain

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial cause, such as a strained back or musculoskeletal injury. There may be an ongoing cause of pain, such as osterarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Some people suffer from chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. Chronic pain states can occur in any body part or region, including the low back, neck, shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, foot, ankle and pelvic floor. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, spine pain, fatigue and lack of energy, and neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself).

Our Approach
At Providence Physical Therapy, we offer a novel treatment approach for individuals with chronic pain that integrates modern pain science into physical therapy practice. Our comprehensive management considers all aspects of your life - physical, social and emotional. We always address key wellness issues based on your age and risk factors for certain illnesses (i.e. cardiac disease, high bloog pressure, diabetes). We believe in educating our patients and empowering them to return to the activities they love.

What Sets us Apart
We use a multidimensional approach to physical therapy that combines manual therapy, individualized exercise training, and therapeutic pain physiology education with a cognitive behavioral emphasis. In addition to manual therapy and individualized exercise training, we also address the psychological components to pain, which can be an enduring barrier to improvement in almost all individuals with chronic pain.

Our Goals
When working with patients with chronic pain, we have two goals. First, we work to help enable people in pain to understand more about their situation and to become less frightened by their pain. We know that the threat value of pain contributes directly to the pain experience. By informing people about what is actually happening inside them, we can reduce the threat. Secondly, we provide the self-management essentials for overcoming pain and returning to a normal life.

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