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
  • Strength
  • 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.