Physical therapy tackles the physical side of the inflammation, stiffness, and soreness with exercise, manipulation, and massage, but it also works to help the body heal itself by encouraging the production of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals.
Here’s how physical therapists manage pain:
Exercise – Physical therapists can prescribe exercise specific to your goal and need.
Manual Therapy – From carpal tunnel syndrome to low back pain, this type of care can effectively reduce your pain and improve your movement. Our Physical therapists use joint and soft tissue mobilizations as well as other strategies in your care.
Education – Our Physical therapists will talk with you to make sure they understand your pain history, and help set realistic expectations about your treatment.
Teamwork – developing a positive relationship with our physical therapists and being an active participant in your own recovery can impact your success. This is likely because physical therapists are able to directly work with you and assess how your pain responds to treatment.
Pain relief can be accomplished through physical therapy, and involves treatments that focus on prevention and management of injuries or disabilities. PT helps to relieve pain, promote healing, and restore function and movement.
CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to the peripheral and central nervous system which is composed of the brain and spinal cord. It is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and changes in skin color, temperature and swelling in the affected area. CRPS symptoms vary in severity and duration, although some cases are mild and eventually go away. In more severe cases, individuals may not recover and may have long-term disability.
Symptoms of CRPS include: Burning pain, swelling and stiffness in affected joints, motor disability, with decreased ability to move the affected body part, changes in nail and hair growth pattern, there may be rapid hair growth or no hair growth, changes in skin temperature, skin on one extremity can feel warmer or cooler compared to the opposite extremity, skin color may become blotchy, pale, purple or red, The texture of skin also can change, becoming shiny and thin, excessively sweaty.
If you suffer from pain, call us today 828-837-0400
Pro Motion Rehab Inc. Physical, Occupational & Massage Therapy in Murphy, NC