We all experience pain at one point or another in our lives. Pain can be sharp, dull, achy, excruciating, throbbing, barely there or hard to describe. Sometimes it’s short-lived and other times it sticks around for a while. Pain may begin because of an injury (big or small), or from moving the “wrong way”, to decide you can still do that backflip you used to be able to do! We know pain happens, but what is it, why is it there, and why, sometimes, it won’t go away?
As a physical therapist, I often educate people about their specific types of pain. Its typically the reason people come in to see me for an appointment! The first thing I tell people is that they have control over their pain. Most of the time pain is temporary and as your body heals the pain will go away. For the times when pain doesn’t seem temporary, having control and knowing what your body is telling you is very important, allowing you to react and modulate your pain levels.
Pain, almost always, is a signal to your conscious awareness that something isn’t right. It’s an innate sense our body has to protect itself and draw your attention to the body region. A “call to action”. This seems obvious when you stub your toe or cut yourself while chopping food, or if you have a kidney stone. It’s not as obvious in the situations where you went to bed and woke up with pain or were out walking and your knee started to hurt. Our expertise will help guide you through all these situations.
Pain and Recovery:
Pain Science- PT as an educator
- Pain is threat vs injury
- Addressing pain with Telehealth
- “Good” pain vs. “bad” pain
- Understanding pain helps you recover
- Prevent central sensitization
- Move quicker/decrease fear
HEP Strategies after treatment in a clinic vs. while at home
- Self mobilizations
- Frequency differences
- Adjunct to in-clinic vs. recovery strategies
- Carryover effect-reduce number of treatments
- Not a set number of exercises or movements-SELF CARE!