Treatment of Pain
We frequently see patients whose primary complaint is pain, which often leads to a loss of function. A careful assessment of pain behavior is invaluable in determining the nature and extent of underlying pathology.
The therapist will evaluate an individual’s:
- Pain provoking movements
- Direction of functional impairment
- Postural forces that may be contributing to problem
- Range of Motion
- Muscle tone
Data collected from the patient interview enables the therapist to develop an appropriate treatment program which may include:
- Pain relief procedures including TENS, ultrasound, phonophoresis, iontophoresis, low level laser light therapy and electrical stimulation
- Instruction in the proper use of pain relief methods at home to include moist heat, cold packs, TENS and paraffin
- Instruction in home exercise program aimed at decreasing pain and stiffness
- Core strengthening exercises, flexibility exercises, postural, relaxation and conditioning exercises
- Body mechanics instruction
Therapy sessions are generally scheduled two to three times per week over a course of three to four weeks. Pain behaviors are closely monitored and the treatment is adjusted accordingly. Patients may be asked to keep a daily pain log.