Chronic Pain Treatment in Beaufort, MO
Chronic pain treatment in Beaufort, MO. Anyone who has had to deal with chronic pain knows how limiting it can be. For some of us, the months or years we’ve dealt with it causes us to lose sight of what it feels like to live a pain-free life. At it’s worse, the pain can keep us from comfortably performing daily tasks like doing household chores, or the activities we love best, whether that be dominating your local pickleball league or working in the garden.
Axes Physical Therapy is a group of provider-owned physical and occupational therapy locations committed to helping our Beaufort, MO patients find lasting relief through customized and evidence-backed chronic pain treatment. To get back to the activities you love most, reach out to the location most convenient for you you or make an appointment for effective chronic pain treatment.
What Is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is pain that doesn’t go away after 3-6 months, which is generally considered to be the “normal” healing period. The pain can occur every day or every few days, can be localized or radiate through your body, and can be anything from stiffness to agonizing pain.
According to the CDC, in 2019 20.4% of adults nationwide suffered from chronic pain. 7.4% of adults (or 36.4% of those with chronic pain) had “high-impact” chronic pain, which is pain that occurs on more days than not that affects how somebody can work or perform other activities. Chronic pain doesn’t just hurt you physically. Chronic pain reduces quality of life and leads to significant economic costs. It can also cause significant mental health issues and insomnia.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Pain, in general, is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. In most cases, pain is caused by an injury, an infection, or other medical condition. “Acute pain” occurs at once, usually because of a discernible, underlying cause such as stubbing your toe, dental work, or surgery. It can last for anywhere from a moment to months while the injury heals.
By contrast, the causes of chronic pain aren’t always easily known. In some cases there may be an injury that hurts despite the fact that, structurally, it has healed . Other times, it’s caused by a medical condition, or happens as our bodies weaken with age. Sometimes, the pain isn’t caused by a specific condition, but rather from things like poor posture, obesity, or overexertion. Common types and causes of chronic pain include:
- Arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, and other conditions that cause joint pain — The soft tissue in our joints can become inflamed or wear down over time or due to an injury, causing chronic pain in the affected joint.
- A variety of conditions that cause lower back pain — Almost 9 out of 10 adults suffer from back pain eventually. Causes can be poor posture or technique, wear and tear at a physically demanding job, sciatica, or a variety of disc injuries.
- Cancer pain — Tumors can cause pain when they grow and touch other parts inside your body.
- Fibromyalgia — While an exact cause isn’t yet known, this refers to pain you feel in your muscles all over your body.
- Neurogenic pain and psychogenic pain — In some cases, pain does not occur for a physical reason, but rather it’s caused by the nervous system, or because of psychological stress.
There are many suggestions for easing chronic pain, and while many can help you be more active in your daily life, many of our Beaufort, MO patients have felt like they tried everything and still can’t find relief. Often, physical therapy is the strategy that finally gets them relief and returns them to the activities they love.
How Do Physical Therapists in Beaufort, MO Help With Chronic Pain Treatment?
There are many possible options for chronic pain treatment in Beaufort, MO, including prescription or over-the-counter drugs, chiropractic care, massage, and regular exercise. Studies show that incorporating physical therapy into your treatment plan can lead to significant improvement. You are welcome to come to any of our 15 locations for a free screening to better understand why you might be suffering from chronic pain. We’ll get to know you and your pain better. How often do you have pain? Does anything make it better or worse? How is limiting you in your daily life? After your screening, we’ll form a team with you and your physician to come up with a personalized course of treatment aimed at getting you back a pain-free daily life.
Physical therapy helps by stretching and strengthening your body. Collectively improving those aspects of the best possible mobility relieves pain and improves your quality of life by allowing your body to work better, and interrupting any signals to your brain that something may be wrong. Depending on you, the causes of your chronic pain, how old you are, and the activity level you wish to get back to, your treatment plan in Beaufort, MO may include:
Exercise increases endorphins, your body’s homegrown, feel-good hormone, which not only eases pain but eases any depression, stress, and/or anxiety related to your pain. A qualified Beaufort, MO physical therapist will help you perform exercises that will safely and effectively improve your mobility. With guided exercise, your brain will come to understand that certain movements can be achieved without pain, rebuilding how your brain processes messages. Through guided exercise, we’ll be able to teach you safe exercises you can do on your own.
Manual Therapy and Soft Tissue Mobilization
Manual therapy incorporates therapeutic touch to encourage your body’s natural healing process and relaxation of muscles and joints. Your Beaufort, MO physical therapist will use their hands to safely move your muscles and joints. Studies have shown that manual therapy and guided exercise together are more effective than either technique used by itself.
With instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, physical therapists use specialized tools, like Astym®, instead of their hands, to smooth out tissue and locate degenerative tissue and soft tissue restrictions.
Trigger point dry needling is a relatively new treatment method that is becoming more popular among Beaufort, MO physical therapist. It involves using thin, filiform needles to gently create small tears or rips in damaged muscles and connective tissue. This eases pain as it stimulates the body’s “healing mode” and stimulates the flow of blood to the affected body part.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
TENS works by placing electrodes on the skin near where you are experiencing pain. It delivers low-voltage currents, which releases endorphins and stimulates nerve cells that prevent your brain from receiving pain signals.
Understanding the cause of your pain and how to deal with it in your daily life can do wonders for your chronic pain treatment in Beaufort, MO. We’ll help you learn the best way to sit, stand, and move, as well as healthy lifestyle suggestions like diet recommendations.
Other services we offer in Beaufort, MO include:
- Beginner Running Program
- Spine Specialist Near Me
- MCL Injury
- Shoulder Pain
- Injury Prevention
- Knee Injury
- Joint Pain
Call Axes Physical Therapy For Your Chronic Pain Treatment in Beaufort, MO
At Axes Physical Therapy in Beaufort, MO, we do what we do for simple reasons: to deliver positive client outcomes and help people return to to the things they love doing most. Whether you want to be able to hit a breakaway layup like you used to, or just want to get out of bed in the morning pain-free, speak to a physical therapist in Beaufort, MO today or make an appointment online for lasting chronic pain treatment.