Chronic Pain and Pain Management

Chronic pain can impact significantly upon physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

Physiotherapy utilizing a broad scope of practice can safely and cost-effectively support and guide people with long term pain towards the best possible quality of life.

Physical therapy is one of the best choices you can make when you have long-term (chronic) pain. It makes you stronger and helps you move and feel better. 

When you’re in pain, physical activity is usually one of the furthest things from your mind. However, physiotherapy can actually put you on the road to recovery quite quickly and can also help out when it comes to pain management. You may be tempted to lay in a warm bed with medication and an electric blanket when you’re suffering from aches and pains, but exercise may actually be the best thing for you at that point. This is because physiotherapy is known to be effective for just about all types of chronic neuropathic and musculoskeletal pains.

Physiotherapy in pain management in a patient focused exercise and education program, in which the goal is to target the muscles and joints in the areas where you feel pain, so those joints work better and have more support.

A typical physiotherapy session consists of some, or all of the following:

-Low-impact aerobic training. These workouts will increase your heart rate and still take it easy on your joints. For instance, walking on a treadmill or use a stationary bike to warm up, before beginning your strengthening exercises.

- Stretching exercises. These exercises help to lengthen and muscles that may have become shortened do to inactivity or injury. They will be tailor made to suit your personal condition, and should be continued at home in between therapy sessions as directed by your therapist.

- Strengthening exercises. You will use the equipment available within the physiotherapy department to increase your stamina and strength gradually. This will include core stability and resisted exercises. The resistance and repetitions will be increased as your pain allows.

Here at Dr Kamkar Clinic’s Physiotherapy Departments, we aim to assist you in managing your pain. We will work beside you every step of the way to ensure that your rehabilitation suits your abilities and progress is made accordingly.

Written by Julie Hutton, Senior Physiotherapist of Dr. Kamkar Medical and Physiotherapy Centers.