Treat Your Chronic Aches and Pains the Natural Way

February 20th, 2020
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Have you grown accustomed to feeling a twinge here and a spasm there? Do you suffer from recurring aches and pains for reasons you don’t totally understand? Have you been gritting your teeth and putting up with a longstanding chronic pain condition? 

Maybe you’ve been putting off medical treatment for your ailment because you’re afraid of one particular form of care – surgery. Well, now you can stop worrying, because physical therapy could make surgery unnecessary in your case. Contact our physical therapist to discover the non-invasive world of conservative pain management!

How will physical therapy help my chronic pain?

Since medication tends to provide only temporarily relief from chronic aches and pains, you may assume that your only long-term pain relief option is surgery. But procedures to fuse joints or remove pieces of vertebral discs can do more harm than good, not to mention the lengthy recuperation you’d have to endure. That leaves physical therapy as your safe, effective, drug-free, non-invasive answer. Our physical therapist can reduce and control your chronic aches and pains by prescribing:

  • Exercises that target specific joints or muscle groups suffering from chronic pain conditions
  • Stretching exercises to increase your flexibility
  • Strengthening exercises to help your body support itself more easily
  • Massage therapy to break up adhesions and trigger points while soothing inflamed tissues
  • Cold therapy to reduce swelling and inflammatory pain
  • Heat therapy to loosen tight muscles
  • Techniques such as TENS or ultrasound therapy to block pain messages and promote healing

What’s causing my chronic pain?

In some cases, chronic pain is the after-effect of an acute injury or illness that never quite healed properly. For instance, an internal soft tissue injury may have formed adhesions, lumps of scar tissue that grow over them and make it painful for you to move those tissues. Chronic aches and pains can also be caused by:

  • Trigger points, tight muscle knots that go into spasm and refer pain to various parts of the body
  • Overuse of specific tissues, which causes those tissues experience ongoing inflammation and strain
  • Musculoskeletal imbalances or weaknesses
  • Arthritis, a degenerative, inflammatory joint condition
  • Systemic problems, such as fibromyalgia
  • Herniated or bulging discs that pinch the spinal nerve roots or spinal cord

So, what exactly is chronic pain?

You’re not surprised or confused by pain when it occurs alongside an acute health problem, such as an auto accident injury, sports injury or localized infection. Pain in these circumstances is only natural — plus you have the reassurance of knowing that the pain will last only as long as it takes you to recover from the underlying problem. But chronic pain offers no such reassurance. This type of pain lasts longer than 3 months, and may even last a lifetime if the underlying cause is incurable. The pain may come and go, or it may plague you continuously. It may be a mild annoyance, or it may be a debilitating agony.

Chronic pain can severely limit your ability to move around freely, perform manual tasks, get a decent night’s sleep or do a decent day’s work. Some chronic pain syndromes, such as sciatica, may trick you into thinking that they’re gone for good, only to come back again and again. But don’t think that you’re alone in your distress; some 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.

Find relief today!

Our physical therapists at Silver Creek Physical Therapy are ready to help you achieve the comfortable life you seek without going under the knife. Call our physical therapy office to arrange for a consultation and request a personalized treatment program!

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