Are you or someone you know living in chronic pain?
If so, you are not alone. According to national surveys, around 100 million adults in America experience chronic pain every year. The American Physical Therapy Association defines chronic pain as pain lasting longer than three months.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines, nondrug treatment plans are recommended over long-term or high-dosage use of prescription painkillers. For treating chronic pain, the CDC recommends physical therapy as a safe way to manage pain.
How Physical Therapy Can Treat Chronic Pain
1. Physical Therapy is a long-term solution
According to the APTA, opioids manage pain by interrupting pain signals to the brain. Physical therapy treatment sessions will consist of fixing the injury, movement disorder and/or pain that brought the patient in initially. Your physical therapist will use hands-on techniques to stretch and mobilize your affected body part. In addition, an in-home exercise plan will be created.
2. Knowledge is power (especially with chronic pain)
When you choose physical therapy for pain management, you also gain a deeper understanding of your injury. During treatment, physical therapists will teach patients about their condition. Educating patients empowers them to make healthy lifestyle changes for pain management or prevent re-injury. After learning more about the root cause of their pain, patients can make more informed decisions regarding their daily lifestyle choices.
3. Improved strength and function
Through exercise, targeted muscles will be strengthened. Patients will likely find their flexibility improved, making mobility easier as well. Additionally, strengthened muscles can result in improved function and even increased balance.
4. A built-in support system
At Performance Physical Therapy, our main goal is to treat you with compassionate and effective care. Above all, we are here to help patients in the Sacramento region live their life with reduced pain and help achieve results through physical therapy. When you begin rehabilitation, you’ll have a support network that includes the entire physical therapy team.
We truly love what we do and are so happy to help our patients’ reach their goals.
As Doctor of Physical Therapy and our Rancho Cordova Clinic Director Shannon Zalewski shares, “The most rewarding aspect is getting to build personal relationships with people, and then guiding them on the way to recovery to allow them to achieve their goals in returning to their hobbies or jobs. I view discharging people from therapy as bitter-sweet: Bitter because we must say goodbye to them at that point, but so sweet as they have accomplished their goals.”
If You Live in the Sacramento Region, Call Us Today to Find Relief From Chronic Pain!
With appointments available within 24 hours, our services include Physical Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Hand Therapy, and Vestibular Rehabilitation. Call today to schedule your appointment to begin treatment quickly. We proudly offer physical therapy in four locations: Folsom, Roseville, Rancho Cordova and J street In East Sacramento. Additionally, we are proud to offer our physical therapy services to those living in surrounding cities such as Midtown, Auburn, Rocklin, Elk Grove, Antelope, Citrus Heights, and Placerville. Let us help you live your most mobile life and get you back to doing the activities you love!