How Rehabilitation Alleviates Pain Conditions

An estimated 50 million American adults are living with chronic pain — and 20 million of those have pain significant enough that it interferes with daily function. Chronic pain is the leading cause of disability, and it can greatly reduce quality of life.

If you’re living with a pain condition, there is hope. The comprehensive physical rehabilitation program at Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain eases your pain so you feel and function better.

Defining chronic pain

Individuals with chronic pain experience pain that’s lasted longer than three months. Most commonly, chronic pain is associated with injury or tissue damage. However, the pain lingers much longer than the typical healing period.

Any injury or condition can lead to chronic pain. Whether you injure your back in a car accident, hurt your shoulder playing sports, or have tissue damage as a result of conditions such as arthritis, you may find yourself battling pain on a daily basis.

Understanding chronic pain

Pain is complex, and no two people experience pain the exact same way. When injury or inflammation occurs, your body releases a number of biochemical mediators such as:

These substances drive chronic pain. When your body experiences acute injury, the peripheral nervous system sends pain signals to the spinal cord and central nervous system (CNS). Once the injury heals, signaling stops. However, in chronic pain, persistent pain signals are sent to the CNS, causing changes in the way you process pain.

People who experience chronic pain can become more sensitive to pain signals and have a heightened sense of pain. Persistent activation of the pain pathways can lead to increased production of chemical pain mediators and result in a vicious cycle of pain.

Physical rehabilitation alleviates chronic pain

Physical rehabilitation is an often overlooked treatment for chronic pain conditions. Rehabilitation is well known for helping patients recover from surgery and injuries, but it can also ease chronic pain and improve your quality of life.

A comprehensive rehabilitation plan involves working with a physical therapist to restore and strengthen musculoskeletal function. Physical rehabilitation can treat:

Key benefits of physical therapy for chronic pain include:

Physical therapy can be very effective against chronic pain and is one part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program for resolving pain. Your pain management team may include a clinical psychologist and pain management physicians along with your physical therapist. Treatment may involve:

You don’t have to live in pain. Having an expert help you find the right combination is key to getting pain relief.

If you’re struggling with chronic pain, contact one of our team members by calling the office nearest you. We have several clinics located throughout North and South Carolina.

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