Often, following an injury or joint replacement surgery, patients are left with lingering pain that requires additional physical therapy to regain their strength, stamina, mobility, and function, so they can return to all the activities they normally enjoy but without the pain.
Physical therapy is a critical tool in almost every interventional pain management treatment plan for certain conditions. These include joint replacement surgery, a severe sports injury, or a chronic condition or illness that causes pain.
Although becoming physically active may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re in constant pain, physical therapy techniques can dramatically improve your pain symptoms while – at the same time – making your body increasingly stronger and more flexible.
How Physical Therapy Helps Reduce Pain
If you’re worried that physical therapy could make your pain worse, rest assured that the opposite is true. It not only relieves pain, but also promotes healing and helps restore function.
Most patients regain at least some of their ability to perform moderate physical activities thanks to physical therapy. As they get stronger, they gain confidence in their ability to manage their pain symptoms.
What Can I Expect in Physical Therapy for Pain Management?
While physical therapy often involves stretching, strengthening exercises, and low-impact aerobic conditioning, it is not necessarily exclusively about exercise. Your treatment session may include:
- Education and instruction about your condition
- Techniques that can help you manage your pain
- Hands-on therapy in the form of massage
- Movements designed to improve your joint mobility
- Hot and cold therapies delivered by ultrasound, ice baths, or heat and ice packs
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) in which a gentle stream of electric current is used to help your nervous system become more tolerant of pain signals
- Motor imagery and sensory re-education to help reconfigure the way your brain responds to pain signals
Comprehensive Pain Management
At Lynx Healthcare, our experienced and highly trained physical therapists will give you personalized attention. As soon as a firm diagnosis is reached about your specific condition, they will design a personalized pain-management plan that works for you.
In addition to physical therapy, an interventional pain-management strategy may include the following to reduce inflammation and restore your mobility:
- Epidural steroid injections
- Facet joint injections
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Trigger-point injections
- A combination of therapies
We find that an interventional approach to pain provides longer-lasting relief that can help patients postpone or avoid the need for surgery. Because our techniques are nonsurgical or minimally invasive procedures, you are typically able to resume normal activities with very little downtime.
Full-Service Medical Clinics
Here at Lynx Healthcare, we treat the whole patient – considering pain management of the individual from various angles. We believe in the value and effectiveness of physical therapy and interventional procedures to manage pain.
That’s why your physical therapist will partner with both you and your doctor to establish and help maintain a plan that fully addresses your individual rehabilitative needs.
To make an appointment at one of our Lynx Healthcare clinics in Washington, Oregon, or New Mexico, call us today at (509) 591-0070 or fill out our online appointment request form. We look forward to helping you regain your strength and mobility, and enjoy an active, pain-free life.