Physiotherapy to Help Pain Management
Copyright (c) 2008 Steven Magill
Chronic pain, especially in the back and in the head, plagues a large percent of the populace. This painful condition might be traced back to an injury or to a disease. Whatever the cause, the anguish that it brings can make one do almost anything to have relief and comfort.
Individuals suffering from this recurring malady usually consult medical doctors for ways of alleviating the agonizing pain that they feel. They often go through a procedure which includes a series of tests to establish the reason of the painful condition and of course the prescription of medications to be taken by the patient. Most of the medications prescribed can do wonders in blocking the pain. Unfortunately, these medications also have ensuing side effects. The consequences can be in the form of damages in the organs like liver and kidneys, or it can be an addiction to the medication. Anti-pain medications such as Vicodin help alleviate the distressing condition of the patient but it is also prone to abuse. An individual can become dependent on these anti-pain medications which make matters worse. This spurred doctors to endorse a combination of medication and the use of physiotherapy to counteract the problem of how to cope with pain.
This has brought forth a growth of pain management clinics. An option has been given to chronic pain sufferers. Physiotherapy offers alternative ways to manage pain and patients are given a choice to cope with the situation without the after-effects of anti-pain medications.
Physiotherapy methods employed in pain management are quite varied but the education component is always included. Patients are not only introduced to techniques to handle pain but also on how to prevent pain through some changes in one’s lifestyle. Most people afflicted with chronic pain, excluding those whose conditions are results of injuries and disease, may blame their situation to inactivity, stress or poor posture. Thus, a modification may be done on their diet by incorporating proper nutrition in the education phase of the treatment program. Exercises which will strengthen the body especially the core muscles are also integrated. This will promote good posture which is necessary in averting chronic pain disorders.
Hydrotherapy, another method used in physiotherapy, is a bit easier on the body yet provides the same positive outcome. Whirlpool treatments and hot and cold treatments are very much related to hydrotherapy. These methods are especially good for those patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Ultrasound and electrical stimulation are also effective in alleviating pain certain conditions. The use of myotheraphy may also be of assistance in pain management.
Effective pain management entails a joint effort of the physiotherapist and the patient. Other medical practitioners play integral roles in the pain management program but the physiotherapist works with the patient for a longer period of time. The relief from pain brought about by physiotherapy might not be as immediate as with the intake of any oral medication but the effect is sustained. It does only deal with the symptom but it addresses the cause of the pain.
Thus, the inclusion of physiotherapy in a pain management program provides for a healthier and safer way to cope with chronic pain.
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