Chronic pain is defined by pain that has lasted longer than 3 months. The National Institute of Health reports that 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain in their lives. Of the people that have back pain, approximately 7% of those people will suffer chronic back pain. If you do a little quick math, you will find that approximately 18 million people in the United States will suffer from chronic low back pain. That statistic is staggering, and it doesn’t even take into account the people in the U.S. that have chronic neck pain. Chronic pain doesn’t have to be severe to be addressed and treated. If your pain and problems are limiting your ability to live life the way you want, then you deserve treatment and improvement.
Treatment methods for chronic pain include medication, injections, counseling, physical therapy, and some surgical options. While any of these methods could work for you, physical therapy has been shown to be efficient and cost effective. A recent study published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Physical Therapy shows that “patients who chose to enter care via the direct access physical therapy-led spine management program displayed significantly less costs ($1,543 on average) than those who chose traditional medical referrals”. This statistic is particularly relevant in today’s health care atmosphere because of the rising cost of healthcare. Physical therapy is cheaper, less invasive, and more comprehensive because it uses a whole body approach to treatment.
The whole body approach takes into account not only the location of the pain, but also other areas of the body that can be contributing, as well as psychosocial components. Treatment of chronic pain cannot just focus on one joint or area. One must evaluate the body as a whole and determine how all the different pieces are working in concert with each other, including the brain. Those that have had pain for a long time know that the problem is no longer just physical, but also mental. Unless both components are addressed, it will be difficult to gain control over it and achieve a lasting resolution.
True chronic pain can take several months to properly address, but that doesn’t mean that meaningful progress cannot be made in a short period of time. Treatment should focus on small victories. Much of the program can, and should, be done independently with guidance from your PT. The ultimate goal is to gain an understanding of your problem and learn management techniques that can be used to proactively address the pain.
If you are someone with chronic pain that has not sought treatment, now is the time! Waiting to see if the pain goes away is not a treatment, it is wishful thinking. A physical therapist with experience treating chronic pain problems is an excellent resource to get you on the road to recovery. Contact a physical therapist today and let them guide you on the path to taking control of your life and well being!
At HPT we have designed the perfect program for someone that is asking themself this question. The answer……….. The Adult Bridge Program.
What is the Adult Bridge Program?
It is a 6 week program that includes 12 personal training sessions. Each personal training session is with an exercise physiologist that has expertise in managing the adult client.
How expensive is the program?
It is $25 per session for 12 sessions. The total cost will be $300 once the client has completed the program.
What if I have never worked out or done weight lifting in the past?
Doesn’t matter. We will teach you how to lift properly and safely. If you haven’t worked out in the past then you haven’t had a chance to create any bad habits. The program will be individually customized and tailored to each clients needs.
If I do the program what will I gain from it?
The physical benefits of exercise and weight lifting are well understood but more than just exercise you will gain comfort and confidence in yourself. At the end of the program you will be able to walk into a gym and confidently carry out exercises that you have done before and have been taught to do properly.
I have had an injury in the past. Will the trainer know how to work with that?
Any of our bridge clients that have concerns about injuries or joint pain are first evaluated by a physical therapist at HPT and often given exercises to add in with their new workout regimen. The PT’s collaborate with the trainers on programming to make sure the client can safely exercise and get more fit without pain.
If this program sounds like something you would like more information on, contact us at HPT!
By John Oxley | October 13th, 2017
Approximately 500,000 people in the US have Parkinson’s so it is definitely something that is worth addressing. One of the ways to help with slowing the functional losses as a result of the disease is physical therapy. Here we will highlight 5 of the benefits of PT in Parkinson’s Disease patients.
1. We teach patients to take bigger steps and this allows them to speed up their walking. There are a series of exercises that are taught in the PT sessions that help patients learn how to take bigger steps.
2. The prescribed home program helps instill an exercise regiment that the patient can do and use to decrease functional losses on their own.
3. The BIG movements help the patients improve core strength, which will help with balance and decreasing incidence of falls.
4. Many Parkinson’s patients suffer from spine stiffness. The home exercises require patients to stretch the spine and thus decrease the stiffness effects caused by the disease.
5. Successful completion of a physical therapy plan of care, which for Parkinson’s is approximately 4 weeks), builds confidence in the patients that they can improve their function and quality of life.
1) Do I need to see my doctor first before I can go to physical therapy?
No! In WV we have something called Direct Access. That means you can access a PT without a doctor referral as long as your insurance doesn’t have a referral requirement. Most insurances don’t require a doctors referral for you to come to physical therapy. In WV we have a lot of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, PEIA and none of these insurances require a referral from the doctor. Medicare doesn’t require a referral but the physical therapist does have to send a plan of careto your doctor after they have evaluated you. Medicaid products do require a referral. If you have questions about your particular insurance you can call us and we will verify it for you. Phone #: 304 525 4445
2) Do you have to go where your doctor sends you for physical therapy?
No! Yesterday one of my current patients, who I am seeing for her knee, told me about her shoulder surgery she previously had. She was discussing the therapy that she had at another facility and then I asked how she ended up there when I had seen her prior to the surgery? She told me the doctor who did her surgery told her to go to his physical therapy clinic. Since that surgery more than a year ago she was under the impression that she had to go to the doctors PT clinic because that is what he told her to do. I informed her that she may go to any PT clinic that she chooses.