Chronic or persistant pain
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic or persistent pain is pain that lasts longer than 3 months, and it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose and treat. Living with chronic pain can be challenging and can impact all aspects of your life. More than 18% of Canadians suffer from chronic pain, which can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, disease, or other underlying conditions.
At Altea Physiotherapy + Wellness, our team of experienced professionals understands the unique challenges of living with chronic pain, and we are committed to helping you manage your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. Our approach to chronic pain therapy is designed to be holistic and personalized, taking into account your specific needs and goals.
Chronic or persistant pain
How do we help with Chronic Pain?
We use a variety of evidence-based techniques and therapies to help you manage your chronic pain, including manual therapy techniques, exercise, education, relaxation, and body awareness training. Our goal is to help you understand and manage your pain better, and to provide you with the tools and support you need to promote optimal physical and mental health.
Whether your chronic pain is related to a specific condition or injury, or is the result of an ongoing health issue, we can work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and goals. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal physical function, reduce pain and discomfort, and promote overall health and wellbeing.
If you are living with chronic pain, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. We are here to help you understand your options and provide you with the support and care you need to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
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What To Expect During A Chronic Pain Assessment
Chronic pain can sometimes be in an area you have previously injured, but not always. Assessment and treatment by a physiotherapist can help you understand and manage your chronic pain better. Understanding what triggers your pain is also important, and your therapist will help you discover this.
During an initial physiotherapy assessment for chronic pain, your Altea Physiotherapist will evaluate your condition, review your medical history, and discuss your symptoms and treatment goals with you.
The 60-minute assessment may involve a physical examination, including an assessment of your range of motion, strength, and flexibility. Your physiotherapist may also use manual therapy techniques to assess your pain and discomfort, and to identify any areas of tension or weakness that may be contributing to your symptoms.
Based on the results of the assessment, your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. This may include a variety of therapies and techniques such as manual therapy, exercise, education, relaxation, and body awareness training. Your physiotherapist may also work with you to develop a pain management plan that incorporates a range of strategies including stress reduction techniques and other complementary therapies.
Overall, the goal of an initial physiotherapy assessment for chronic pain is to help you understand your condition, identify any underlying causes of your pain and discomfort, and provide you with the tools and support you need to manage your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.
Frequently Asked Chronic Pain Questions
Q: What is chronic pain?
A: Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than three months. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, disease, or other underlying conditions.
Q: How do you deal with chronic pain?
A: Dealing with chronic pain can be a challenging and ongoing process, and may require a comprehensive approach that incorporates a range of strategies. Some strategies that may be effective in managing chronic pain include:
Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy is a common treatment approach for chronic pain, as it can help to alleviate pain and discomfort, improve range of motion, and promote overall physical function.
Complementary therapies: There are a variety of complementary therapies that may be effective in managing chronic pain, including acupuncture and massage therapy.
Stress reduction techniques: Stress and anxiety can worsen chronic pain, so learning techniques to reduce stress can be helpful. This may include deep breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga.
Lifestyle changes: Making certain lifestyle changes, such as exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and maintaining a healthy diet, can also be helpful in managing chronic pain.
Ultimately, the most effective approach to managing chronic pain will depend on your individual needs and preferences. It’s important to work with your healthcare provider to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals.
Q: What are the main causes of chronic pain?
A: Chronic pain can have a wide range of causes, and it can be difficult to identify the exact source of the pain. Some common causes of chronic pain include:
Injuries: Injuries, such as sprains, strains, and fractures, can lead to chronic pain if they do not heal properly.
Arthritis: Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. There are several different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Back pain: Back pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including muscle strain, injury, or underlying conditions such as herniated discs.
Nerve damage: Nerve damage can cause chronic pain, as it can lead to abnormal signals being sent to the brain.
Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body.
Headaches: Chronic headaches, such as migraines, can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, hormonal changes, and environmental factors.
It’s important to work with a healthcare provider to identify the specific cause of your chronic pain, as this can help guide treatment and management strategies.
Q: Can physiotherapy help with chronic pain?
A: Yes, physiotherapy can be an effective form of therapy for managing chronic pain. Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques and therapies to help manage pain and discomfort, including manual therapy, exercise, education, relaxation, and body awareness training.
Q: How many physiotherapy sessions will I need for chronic pain?
A: The number of physiotherapy sessions you will need depends on your specific condition and treatment goals. Your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan, which may involve a series of sessions over several weeks or months.
Q: Are there any risks associated with physiotherapy for chronic pain?
A: Physiotherapy is generally considered to be a safe and effective form of therapy for managing chronic pain. However, as with any form of therapy, there may be some risks associated with certain techniques or therapies. Your physiotherapist will work with you to ensure that any treatment plan is safe and appropriate for your specific needs and goals.
Q: Does chronic pain ever go away?
A: Chronic pain can be a challenging condition to manage, and it may not always be possible to completely eliminate the pain. However, many people are able to successfully manage their chronic pain and improve their overall quality of life with the right treatment and management strategies.
The goal of chronic pain management is to help reduce the severity and frequency of the pain, improve physical function, and improve overall quality of life. With the right approach, many people are able to successfully manage their chronic pain and achieve a better quality of life.