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 impaired. Many people that suffer from chronic pain may also deal with depression and anxiety, feeling as if 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 individualized “multi-modal approach” combining manual therapy, needling (IMS and/or acupuncture), exercise, and postural retraining, it is possible to retrain and heal the neurological tissue. Education is one of the most important aspects of your care – understanding what exactly is causing your pain and mapping out a detailed plan of recovery helps both the patient and the therapist measure, observe 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 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. Three primary sources of pain include nociception, inflammation or neuropathic (nerve-related) pain. It is often a misdiagnosis of what type of pain you are suffering from that can lead to incorrect diagnostic procedures and treatment. MRI’s and other forms of imaging may not be able to diagnose causes of certain types of chronic pain such as 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.
Chronic pain of neuropathic origin may typically be described as:
- Abnormal sensations (referred to as dysesthesia) and pain produced by normally non-painful stimuli (referred to as allodynia)
- Pain that is either continuous and/or episodic
- Sensations of burning or coldness, “pins and needles”, numbness and/or itching
- A line of pain or patchy (clumps of) pain.
- Pain that changes sides or moves around
Other conditions that shouldn’t be chronic but often are, include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sinus pain
- Tendinitis or tendonosis (examples: Achilles tendinitis, tennis elbow and DeQuervain’s (thumb pain))
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 overall pain presentation. Your therapist at Physioactive can explain how this occurs. 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. Our team consists of physiotherapists, osteopathic practitioners, massage therapists and exercise specialists with an advanced and well-rounded understanding of chronic pain and their roles within the overall team. Your therapy leader will coordinate your care between each specialty to seamlessly introduce each component of your therapy at the proper time. This multi-faceted team approach at Physioactive is analogous to building a house – each member of the team does their work at a different time. Putting up the drywall and doing the electrical seems awful silly to do before the foundation is laid and the walls are built.
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 living your best life.
When you deal with chronic pain, it’s easy to lose sight of some of life’s enjoyments 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 find it difficult to imagine a time that you were free from pain. At Physioactive, we provide you with the physical solutions along with 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 pain program. This will fast track you to an assessment with our neuropathic pain “captain” in order to build a plan together.