Chronic Pain Relief
Managing Chronic Pain the Right Way
Are you suffering from a persistent pain that’s limiting your physical abilities? If so, our therapy treatments can help you find relief, even if you have tried therapy before.
Pain doesn’t always work in traditional ways. Sometimes it can linger for days, weeks, or even months due to an underlying condition. When pain persists for three months or longer, that is considered “chronic pain.” Chronic pain is both debilitating physically and emotionally. At Hand in Hand Rehabilitation in Carle Place & Manhattan, we understand your needs and have success in treating many patients suffering from chronic pain.
Chronic vs. acute pain
Acute pain can be defined as pain that goes away on its own in a few hours, days, or weeks. The example of touching a hot surface would be considered acute pain, as the pain will subside shortly after you pull your hand away. If you accidentally sprain your wrist and you have to wear a brace for a few weeks until it’s healed, you would also be experiencing acute pain.
Chronic pain is a constant discomfort that lasts for 3-6 months (or longer!) despite your best efforts to relieve it. There are several reasons why people may experience chronic pain, and it is the most common reason for seeking medical help. It can greatly hinder your quality of life by limiting your mobility, creating a dependence on prescription drugs, or even causing anxiety and depression. However, this can all be avoided with the help of hand therapy.
Why do I have chronic pain?
Most cases of chronic pain stem from the musculoskeletal system. This includes your muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissues. Chronic pain can appear in many forms. It most commonly occurs due to one of the following causes:
- Overuse Injuries.
Overuse injuries are very common, and they can occur in any part of the body that is used repetitively in your day-to-day life. For example, the way you stand, walk, work, and exercise can all take a toll on your body. It results in overuse injuries if you are not using proper techniques. This can result in damage to your joints and muscles, thus causing chronic pain. hand therapy can help you learn how to properly move your body in your everyday life, in order to avoid these issues.
Any accident can lead to chronic pain, whether it occurs in an automobile, workplace, or even in your own home. According to a 2016 statistic found by OSHA, workplace injuries happen to approximately 2.9 out of every 100 employees. Additionally, a study published in a journal called Pain determined that 21% of people involved in motor vehicle accidents develop chronic widespread pain in the weeks following their accident. This pain does not go away on its own, but seeking the help of a hand therapist can help alleviate it.
Surgical procedures are sometimes unavoidable. While they may be necessary for alleviating certain conditions you are facing, the recovery period can be just as painful. Surgical repair of an area of the body is enough to correct a structural problem, but we often compensate in our movement for the pain we experience. Weeks, months, or even years of compensatory movement often causes additional pain after surgery if the movement is not corrected. Hand therapy offers post-surgical rehabilitation services that can help speed up recovery time, relieve pain, and reduce the risk of chronic pain in the future.
There are many diseases that can lead to chronic pain, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, shingles, neuropathy as a result of diabetes, and more. These can all result in chronic pain, which can be alleviated through hand therapy treatments.
How can hand therapy relieve chronic pain ?
Hand therapy is often associated with post-surgical procedures; however, it can also be used to treat a variety of conditions, including chronic pain. It is true that hand therapy can help decrease scar tissue and shorten the time spent recovering after surgery. However, one of the main goals of hand therapy is pain relief, which can be applied to any source of pain, whether it is post-operative or not.
Once the evaluation is complete, your hand therapist will create a treatment plan unique to your specific needs. This may include targeted exercise to increase strength, stretching to improve balance, or manual therapy to relieve pain, decrease scar tissue, and improve movement. Your treatment plan will incorporate in-clinic treatments, as well as at-home treatments to ensure that you are remaining healthy and active at all times. If you are interested in relieving your chronic pain through hand therapy, contact Hand in Hand Rehabilitation today. Any of our dedicated hand therapists would be happy to meet with you and get you started on the right track toward long-lasting pain relief.