Pain is a normal, but sometimes it’s so excruciating it leaves you numb. Pain disrupts your everyday tasks, making the most menial task seem impossible. When getting dressed is a daunting task, you’ve got problems. And when you need to muster up the courage to tackle a challenge, anticipating the pain – you’re not doing it right. Even something simple like getting a good night’s sleep is a nightmare. A chronic condition is a daily battle, like plantar fasciitis, and you’ll dread those first three steps in the morning. With shoulder impingement pain, washing your hair or taking off a shirt seems like torture. Physiotherapists are medical professionals specializing in mechanical pain from structures like muscles, tendons, joints, and nerves. We use a variety of treatments to help you manage your pain, not only for short-term relief but also to teach you the necessary skills for long-term pain management. Many conditions don’t have a cure, but when you know what you’re dealing with and understand why things are happening – you can control your pain.
What is pain?
Pain seems like such a simple concept that everyone should be familiar with, but in reality it is a complex beast. A beast with an almost infinite combination of components, including biological, psychological, and social factors. It is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage” (International Association for the Study of Pain).
The value of pain management
Pain management is a medical specialty that focuses on alleviating or reducing pain. Whether your condition causes mild discomfort or severe, debilitating pain, physiotherapists are experts in pain management. We work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan according to your diagnosis and circumstances. The ultimate goal of pain management is to make your life more comfortable and get you back to doing the things you need to do. This does not mean we’ll completely remove the pain, but rather show you the limits of your margin of safety, and how to expand it. Yes, some pathologies are curable, however ignorance and “wait and see” approach risks permanent ireversable tissue damage and pain.
We use pain management to alleviate or reduce pain caused by a variety of conditions or injuries. Physiotherapists are experts at finding the root cause of pain. Pain is only a message, so finding the underlying cause and contributing factors are crucial for effective treatment. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had pain for a couple of days, weeks, months, or even years, your physiotherapist will work with you from day one to take control and manage your pain.
Pain management isn’t a magic trick that instantly gets rid of your pain. But it lowers the intensity and duration of your pain, get you moving again, and boost your emotional well-being. Another valuable outcome of effective pain management is minimizing your reliance on pain medication and giving you other options to get relief.