Chronic pain can come from a variety of sources. For example, you could have a chronic pain condition like fibromyalgia, or you could have an injury from a car accident or sports that was never treated. No matter what’s causing it, chronic pain can have negative effects on your quality of life. A pain management specialist can help you find ways to treat your pain, and there are two main benefits of visiting one of these medical professionals.
1. Knowledge about types of pain
Pain is such a short and simple word, but this simplicity disguises the fact that pain itself can be very complex. One of the main benefits of seeing a pain management specialist is that they have been trained to recognize many different types of pain.
Pain that travels from the lower back to the legs can be caused by sciatica. Pain specialists can help you understand what actions can increase or decrease your pain. An example would be dealing with the pain of hip bursitis. This condition is often caused by repetitive movements like running or lifting heavy objects, and management specialists know that moving around can increase the pain of this condition. Thanks to this knowledge, they can advise you to rest to reduce the pain.
2. Education in pain treatment techniques
As varied as pain can be, the treatments for it are just as varied and numerous. In fact, it’s easy for the average person to get lost in the possible treatments for their pain. Seeing a pain management specialist can help you find the best treatment for your pain, and this is because these professionals have an extensive education in pain treatment techniques.
An example of a type of chronic pain that has many treatments is fibromyalgia. This condition causes widespread pain in the body, and one treatment option that’s used for this pain is physical therapy movements. Although you might not understand when these movements are helpful, pain specialists do.
For instance, they can tell you that one reason fibromyalgia pain can get worse is from lack of movement. This is because people tend to hold a painful body part as still as possible, and they instinctively believe this will decrease the pain. However, this instinct is misguided, and holding still simply tightens the muscles in the affected area of the body. In turn, this can cause more pain, and physical therapy movements can be used to decrease muscle tension and help decrease pain.
Get help from the pain management specialists at SOL Physical Therapy
At SOL Physical Therapy, our team members have lots of experience dealing with many forms of chronic pain. We also have an in-depth knowledge of specific therapy techniques that can help reduce your pain, and we can design a personalized treatment plan for you that makes use of therapy methods like:
Are you ready to start getting help from our pain management specialists? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.