Acute pain arises from a specific cause or injury and generally lasts for a limited time. Chronic pain is pain that persists even after the cause of injury has healed. Chronic pain is a condition that occurs when the brain concludes there is a threat to a person’s well-being based on the many signals it receives from the body. This condition can often occur independently of any actual body tissue damage (due to injury or illness) and beyond standard tissue healing time.
It is estimated that 116 million Americans have chronic pain each year. The United States’ cost is $560–$635 billion annually for medical treatment, lost work time, and lost wages.
We collaborate with medical specialists in chronic pain treatment to develop strategies that help with cost-effectively regaining function. These strategies may include patient-specific exercises, relaxation techniques, manual therapy, and home rehab.
At Activo, physical therapy treatments for chronic pain may include:
- Education to improve your knowledge and understanding of chronic pain, how it occurs, and what you can do about it. Your therapist will teach you how to manage your pain and help you perform your normal daily activities again.
- Strengthening and flexibility exercises to help you move efficiently with less discomfort. Your therapist will design a graded exercise program and gradually increase movements according to progression and abilities.
- Manual therapy consists of specific, gentle, hands-on techniques used to manipulate or mobilize tight joint structures and soft tissues.
- Posture awareness and body mechanics instruction to help improve your posture and movement. This training enables you to use your body more efficiently while performing activities and even when you are resting.