Chronic Pain Treatment in Bismarck, MO
Chronic pain treatment in Bismarck, MO. If you suffer from chronic pain, you know all too well how hard it is to express how much it limits you. For some of us, it goes on so long that we lose sight of what it feels like to live a pain-free life. At it’s worse, the pain can keep us from comfortably completing daily tasks like doing household chores, or the things we love most, whether that be dominating your local flag football league or working in the garden.
Axes Physical Therapy is a collection of provider-owned physical and occupational therapy locations committed to helping our Bismarck, MO patients achieve positive outcomes through custom-tailored chronic pain treatment plans, built on techniques that have been demonstrated to work. To get back to a pain-free daily life, call our location most convenient for you you or request an appointment for safe chronic pain treatment.
What Is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is pain that doesn’t go away after three months, which is how long it typically takes pain to go away after an injury, surgery, or illness. The pain can occur every day or every few days, can be localized or hit different muscles or joints, and can be anything from aching to searing, intense pain.
According to the CDC, in 2019 20.4% of U.S. adults dealt with chronic pain. 7.4% of adults (over a third of those with chronic pain) suffered from “high-impact” chronic pain, defined as pain that, on “most days” or “every day,” limits work or life activities. Chronic pain doesn’t just hurt you physically. Chronic pain reduces quality of life and leads to significant economic costs. It can also lead to anxiety, depression, and trouble sleeping.
Why Do I Have Chronic Pain?
Pain, in general, is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Often, pain is caused by a specific incident or illness. “Acute pain” occurs at once, usually because of a discernible, root cause such as falling, dental work, or surgery. The pain lasts for anywhere from a few minutes to several weeks.
By contrast, the causes of chronic pain aren’t always easily known. Sometimes an injury continues to cause pain despite the fact that, structurally, it has healed . In other cases, it’s caused by an illness, or happens as our bodies wear down as we age. Sometimes, there is no observable cause for someone’s chronic pain. Common types and causes of chronic pain include:
- Arthritis and other conditions that cause joint pain — The cartilage, tendons, and ligaments in our joints can become inflamed or wear down from overuse or overexertion, causing chronic pain in the affected joint.
- Numerous different conditions that cause lower back pain — Up to 84% of adults will deal with back pain eventually. Causes can be poor posture or technique, wear and tear at a physically demanding job, sciatica, or disc injuries that affect the nerves in the spinal column.
- Cancer pain — Tumors can cause pain when they grow and touch bones, your spine, or other tissue.
- 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, there is no underlying musculoskeletal cause, 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 Bismarck, MO patients have felt like they tried everything and still can’t feel better. Often, physical therapy is the strategy that finally gets them relief and returns them to the activities they love.
How Do Physical Therapists in Bismarck, MO Help With Chronic Pain Treatment?
There are many possible options for chronic pain treatment in Bismarck, MO, including medication, chiropractic adjustments, massage, and regular exercise. Research demonstrates that making physical therapy a part of your treatment plan is incredibly effective for relieving chronic pain. You can visit any Axes location in the Bismarck area for a free screening to better understand why you might be experiencing chronic pain. We’ll ask you questions to better understand how we can help you. How often do you have pain? Does anything make it better or worse? How does your chronic pain affect you in your daily life? After our evaluation, we’ll work in concert with you and your physician to come up with a customized course of treatment aimed at returning you a comfortable daily life.
Physical therapy can relieve pain by increasing your strength, balance, posture, and range of motion. Collectively improving those aspects of the best possible mobility relieves pain and improves your quality of life by making your body work better, and interrupting certain body parts from sending pain messages to your brain. Depending on you, the nature of your chronic pain, your age, and the activity level you wish to get back to, your treatment plan in Bismarck, MO may include:
Exercise releases endorphins, your body’s natural, feel-good hormone, which not only alleviates pain but eases any depression, stress, and/or anxiety you feel because of your pain. A qualified Bismarck, MO physical therapist will help you perform exercises that will safely and effectively improve your mobility. With these exercises, your brain will come to understand that certain movements can be carried out 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 involves therapeutic touch to promote healing and relaxation of muscles and joints. Your Bismarck, MO physical therapist will use their hands to safely move your muscles and joints. Studies have shown that manual therapy combined with guided exercise is better at treating pain than either treatment method used alone.
With instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, physical therapists use specialized tools, like Astym®, instead of their hands, to smooth out tissue and identify degenerative tissue and soft tissue restrictions.
Trigger point dry needling is a relatively new treatment method that increasingly more Bismarck, MO physical therapists are incorporating into their treatment plans. It involves using thin, filiform needles to gently create small tears or rips in damaged soft tissue. In doing so, it encourages the body to start to heal itself and encourages the nutrient-rich blood flow to the region.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
TENS works by placing electrodes over the body part that’s causing you pain. It delivers low-voltage currents, which releases endorphins and awakens nerve cells that stop your brain from receiving pain messages.
Understanding the cause of your pain and how to cope with it can have a considerable positive effect on your chronic pain treatment in Bismarck, MO. We’ll teach you the best way to sit, stand, and move, as well as healthy lifestyle suggestions like diet recommendations.
Other services we offer in Bismarck, 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 Bismarck, MO
At Axes Physical Therapy in Bismarck, MO, we do what we do for simple reasons: to deliver positive patient experiences and help our patients return to to the activities they love. Whether you miss being able to hit a breakaway layup like you used to, or just want to carry the groceries in pain-free, speak to a physical therapist in Bismarck, MO today or schedule an appointment online for lasting chronic pain treatment.