Chronic pain often makes getting around and performing everyday tasks more difficult, but physical therapy can help relieve your pain and help you adjust to any challenges. The team at Metro Pain and Vein Centers provides expert care in physical therapy to your improve your mobility and alleviate your pain. They have convenient locations in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Physical therapy is a health care field that focuses on improving mobility and easing chronic pain resulting from illness, injury, or other factors. If you have chronic pain in your back, legs, knees, shoulders, or neck, the highly experienced team at Metro Pain and Vein Centers can customize a plan to get rid of your pain and get you back to doing the things you love.
Your doctor will personalize your physical therapy based on your needs and goals. Physical therapy often combines active and passive techniques. Active techniques involve performing various stretches, exercises, and other physical activities with your doctor’s guidance and supervision. With passive techniques, you’ll relax while your doctor works to ease pain and restore mobility.
Physical therapy for chronic pain may include:
Your doctor will guide you through a program of exercises and stretches that will help build your strength and increase your flexibility. You’ll work on moving the areas of your body that cause you pain. The exercises will be very gentle at first and gradually increase in intensity as your mobility and coordination improve and your pain decreases.
In this passive therapy, your doctor uses his or her hands to correct the alignment of your bones and tissues. Osteopathic manipulation is especially effective for treating muscle spasms.
Your doctor will apply heat and increase blood flow to the treatment area and then apply ice packs to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms.
Using specialized devices that transmit either low-voltage electricity or sound waves, your doctor will block pain signals from reaching your brain.
Passive therapies will reduce your pain and relax your muscles, so you’ll have an easier time participating in exercises and stretches to rebuild your strength and flexibility.
Your doctor will discuss how physical therapy fits into your treatment plan for chronic pain. Though it’s not necessarily a substitute for other forms of medical treatment, physical therapy can dramatically reduce your pain and improve your functionality. Many patients become less reliant on medication because of physical therapy and can even avoid having to undergo invasive surgery for chronic pain.
To book a physical therapy consultation at Metro Pain and Vein Centers, book an appointment online or over the phone today.