Physical Therapy for Pain Treatment
There are different forms of physical therapy. The therapist may focus on decreasing pain with passive physical therapy (modalities). These are considered passive therapies because they are done to the patient. Examples of modalities include:
After an episode of pain has lasted between two and six weeks, or if there are frequent recurrences of pain, it is reasonable to consider exercises and physical therapy for treatment. (Some specialists consider exercise and physical therapy sooner, particularly, if the pain is severe.) In general, the goal of combining exercises and physical therapy is to decrease pain and increase function. Our therapist also provides education on maintenance program and how to prevent further recurrences.