The Effectiveness of Physical Therapy as a Chronic Pain Treatment
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is often used as a standard treatment for chronic pain or pain related to an injury. However, it can also help treat other medical conditions, including back pain, headaches, diabetes, injuries, etc. A physical therapist typically treats areas of weakness by encouraging movement.
Physical therapy and chronic pain
Physical therapy can treat various conditions, including carpal tunnel, urinary incontinence, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, etc. It can increase range of motion, strengthen muscles, and improve balance and agility. It can also reduce inflammation, tenderness, swelling and stiffness.
A physical therapist can find areas of weakness that cause additional stress on other body parts. There are several types of physical therapy that are based on an individual’s needs and health condition, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Stretches and physical activities
- Joint mobilization
- Temperature therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Dry needling
- Laser or light therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be able to maximize the effect of physical therapy. It is often recommended to seek out both a therapist and a psychologist who can help with emotional issues that may be related to chronic pain and assist with psychological medication adjustments. CBT may be beneficial in receiving positive results from physical therapy.