Chronic pain is often hard to diagnose and treat. There are many potential causes, and a wide variety of treatment options available. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the more common conditions and injuries that can cause chronic pain, and how physical therapy can help.
Chronic Pain Conditions
There are many different injuries and pre-existing conditions that can result in chronic pain. Here are some common conditions and injuries that can lead to chronic pain:
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Nerve Injuries or Conditions
Treating chronic pain conditions is notoriously difficult. Compared to acute conditions and injuries, which typically go away after initial treatment, chronic pain tends to come back even after treatment. The most important step in treating a chronic pain condition is determining the root cause of the pain. Once you’ve figured out whether your pain stems from a pinched nerve in your spine, or tendonitis (or something else), you can begin to take strategic steps toward treatment. Without a diagnosis, it’s almost impossible to effectively and efficiently treat the condition.
Depending on the cause of the pain and the patient’s circumstances, treatments can include pain medication, injections, chiropractic, surgery, or physical therapy. For severe chronic pain conditions, many patients will consult with a pain management specialist who can identify the cause of the pain, and then craft a treatment strategy that includes all the necessary elements – referring the patient out to surgeons and physical therapists as necessary.
Twin Cities Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can be an incredibly effective tool for reducing chronic pain and increasing a patient’s overall mobility. OrthoRehab Specialists has been offering physical therapy to chronic pain patients for nearly three decades. Our physical therapists have long-lasting connections with doctors and surgeons who routinely refer their patients out to us for physical therapy. If you don’t have a primary care provider, that’s alright too. We offer direct access to physical therapy in Minnesota, so you can make an appointment with us without getting a prescription from your doctor. If you’re suffering from a chronic pain condition, find out how physical therapy can help reduce your pain and help you live a more active life. Contact us today to set up your physical therapy appointment at our Minneapolis or Edina clinics.