5 Tips to Manage Chronic Pain – Four Pines Physical Therapy
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5 Tips to Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain
1.

Knowledge is power


Avoid F.E.A.R (False Evidence Appearing Real) 
 
There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that understanding how pain works is a key strategy in managing it. Simply knowing the basics of how our brain and nerves work and their role in pain, can decrease your chance of developing chronic symptoms.  

2.

Keep moving (gradually and steadily)


Motion is Lotion!


Living an active, healthy lifestyle not only improves our general well-being and health, but can also reduce our chances of developing chronic pain. Our body was built to move, and we need to understand that not all aches or soreness is cause for concern.  Remember, we can be Sore but Safe!

3.

Spend time with a physical therapist


We are the musculoskeletal rehab specialists


If you experience an injury, or develop the onset of pain, seeing a physical therapist early on can help address and manage your symptoms. Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. Accessing care early by a physical therapist reduces your chances of developing chronic symptoms. Learn more.

4.

Focus less on the image


Collagen is Collagen….Your face wrinkles and so will your spine and joints
We would be worried if they didn’t


While most of us want a diagnostic image (ie, x-ray, MRI) to tell us "why we hurt," images actually give us little information about what's causing pain. A study performed on individuals aged 60 years or older, who had no symptoms of low back pain, found that more than 90% had a degenerated or bulging disc, 36% had a herniated disc, and 21% had spinal stenosis. What shows up on an image may or may not be related to your symptoms. Once imaging has cleared you of a serious condition, your physical therapist will help optimize your quality of life with a combination of prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and education.

5.

Addressing depression and anxiety helps


Ever notice that your pain is not as bad or even present when you are doing something you love and enjoy?


Your chances of developing chronic pain may be higher if you also are experiencing depression and anxiety. A recent study in the Journal of Pain showed that depression, as well as some of our thoughts about pain prior to total knee replacement, was related to long-term pain following the procedure. Talk to your medical provider about any mental health concerns during your treatment, following an injury or surgery.

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Dr. V. Norene Christensen

Dr. V. Norene Christensen

Born and raised in New Jersey, Norene came west for skiing and outdoor activities like climbing, mountaineering and mountain biking. Since being out west she also began to enjoy fly fishing, hunting, sea kayaking and snowmobiling. She enjoys fine wine, gardening and her family.
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