Chronic Pain Lansing, Okemos & Dewitt, MI

Chronic Pain

When an injury occurs, pain signals are sent from the injured area along the spinal cord and continue to the brain. As the injury begins to heal, the pain begins to lessen over time. However, chronic pain is different. The body continues to send pain signals to the brain. And, chronic pain is something that can last from weeks to years. It can be very limiting and challenging to get through daily tasks activities. Chronic pain is one that can cause dull or sharp pain and steady or intermittent. Common types of chronic pain include lower back pain, arthritis pain and neurogenic pain. Usually, chronic pain is caused by an injury.

Physical Therapy

Since chronic pain comes in many forms, it’s important that a treatment plan is customized to fit your needs. A physical therapist will do a comprehensive exam to assess the root cause of chronic pain. Using that information, a physical therapist will individualize a personal therapy plan. 

In addition, our physical therapists teach patients how to incorporate ergonomic principles into daily life. They may also recommend a personalized home exercise program as part of pain management. The goal of physical therapy is to reduce pain, and increase strength and flexibility. It is also intended to manage pain, sustain long-term recovery and prevent the future recurrence of pain.

Patients and physical therapists work out a goal-setting chart for activities, record progress, and note any difficulties. This way, progress can be monitored and changes can be made when necessary. Physical therapists incorporate behavioral and cognitive principles into rehabilitation for chronic pain. It’s a collaborative approach to chronic pain. The process of overcoming chronic pain can be long and complex, but it is worth it in the end.