chronic pain

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain comes in many forms. It can occur in any part of the body. It can be sharp or dull and intermittent or steady. Chronic pain can affect you more than just physically. It can take a mental and emotional toll as well as drain your energy and motivation. It’s important to address your chronic pain as soon as possible, though of course part of the challenge is that the cause of this sort of pain is often difficult to pinpoint.

Chronic pain affects more than 1 billion people in the world and is generally divided into the following categories:

Nociceptive Pain: this is pain which is located in the muscles and soft tissues and is sometimes referred to as somatic pain. Back pain, pelvic pain, arthritis, and headaches are all considered nociceptive pain.

Neuropathic Pain: this is pain that is associated with actual nerve damage. This type of pain is often more intense and is described as a sharp or stabbing feeling. Phantom limb pain, post mastectomy pain, and diabetic neuropathy are examples of neuropathic pain.

The goal of physical therapy as a means of tackling chronic pain is to assess the body as a whole to discover the cause (or causes) of the pain and then to work to gently tackle the physical cause. Often this is done through strengthening and flexibility exercises. The journey to overcome chronic pain can be long, but physical therapy can be a critical step toward wellness.