Hope for a Future Free from Chronic Pain
Chronic pain doesn’t just affect you physically. When you deal with pain that feels persistent and never-ending, your ability to see life optimistically is seriously decreased. Many people that suffer from chronic pain also deal with depression and anxiety, and feel they have no hope for the future. At PhysioActive, we are never satisfied when you resign yourself to a bleak future. We’re here to give you a fresh perspective and help you create a brighter future. Through education and a unique approach including individualized “multi-modal approach” combining manual therapy, needling (IMS and/or acupuncture), manual therapy, breathing and postural retraining it is possible to retrain and heal the neurological tissue. Education is most important aspect, understanding what exactly is causing your pain and a detailed plan of recovery helps both the patient and the therapist measure, see and feel the improvements.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain encompasses a wide variety of conditions and generally refers to pain that is present and persistent for more than six months. Chronic pain also comes in a variety of intensities, ranging from inconvenient to completely debilitating, or mild to excruciating. Because each pain level is different and each situation is unique, we recognize the value of providing you with a face-to-face meeting with your physiotherapist to discuss your treatment plan. It is important to diagnose what type of pain you are suffering from. Nociception, inflammation or neuropathic pain. It is often a mis-diagnosis of what type of pain you are suffering from that leads to incorrect diagnostic procedures and treatment. MRI’s cannot be used to diagnose neuropathic pain.
Common Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Although chronic pain can exist anywhere in the body, there are several common ailments that are regularly reported by patients who suffer from this persistent condition.
Typically when chronic pain is neuropathic pain it is describe as:
- It may be associated with abnormal sensations called dysesthesia, and pain produced by normally non-painful stimuli called allodynia. Neuropathic pain may have continuous and/or episodic. Common qualities include burning or coldness, “pins and needles” sensations, numbness and itching. It may be described as a line of pain, or patchy (clumps of) pain.
- pain that changes sides and moves around
Other conditions that shouldn’t be chronic but often are, include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sinus pain
- Tendinitis or tendonosis (achilles, tennis elbow and DeQuervain’s (thumb pain) are the most common we see)
Sufferers of chronic pain often deal with stress, anger, depression, anxiety and fatigue as they are faced with a future with no end in sight. These “thought viruses” can contribute to the pain. Your therapist at Physioactive can explain how this occurs. At PhysioActive, we recognize that a successful treatment plan involves addressing both the physical symptoms and the psychological issues because of the strong links between the mind, body and chronic pain. PhysioActive have physiotherapists, osteopathic practitioner, massage therapists and exercise specialists that understand neuropathic or chronic pain, and how each member fits into the team. Your therapy leader will coordinate your care between each specialty to properly introduce each component of your therapy at the proper time. I always tell my patients that when building a house each member of the team does their work at a different time. Putting up the drywall and doing the electrical seems awfully silly to do before the foundation is laid and the walls are built. At physioactive our unique coordinated approach is like any other.
We have a record of treating even the most complicated conditions with an attitude that doesn’t allow us the option of giving up. Regardless of how debilitating your pain is, or how long you have suffered from your condition, we are committed to trying every tool in our chest to get you feeling better and back to your life.
When you deal with chronic pain, it’s easy to forget how much you enjoyed life before the pain became your constant companion. Because the onset of chronic pain is often slow and steady, you may feel hopeless about the future and can’t imagine a time that you were free from pain. At PhysioActive, we provide you with the physical solutions and the emotional and mental support you need to commit yourself to ridding your body of chronic pain.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Schedule an appointment today by calling 905-695-0371 or filling out our simple online request form. When you visit our clinic, you’ll find a group of professionals that are committed to helping you find solutions for better health and wellness and a future that is bright and exciting.
Please make sure to tell the office staff you are booking for the neuropathic (we won’t use the term chronic pain anymore) pain program. This will fast track you to an assessment with our neuropathic pain “captain” in order to build a plan together.