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National Pain Week | Exploring Chronic Pain

National Pain Week | Exploring Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain is a condition that effects one’s holistic health and wellbeing, while impacting day to day life. Defined as persistent pain for an extended period of time, chronic pain can be caused by injury, physical activity, obesity or smoking and can cause deteriorating mobility and decline in health. Pain can be mild, sever and can be complex, so treatment is different for each person suffering. Living with chronic pain can be incredibly disabling and isolating and leads to difficulties in performing daily activities and tasks. Chronic Pain Week fortunately shines light on the struggles and realities of Chronic Pain.

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Some days even the smallest of tasks like getting out of bed, or hanging out the washing can be a struggle. As you get older, you can experience health concerns such as joint and lower back pain, and osteoarthritis, which can limit your movement and make it difficult to do everyday tasks. Fortunately, physiotherapy is a globally-recognised health service that can help you get back your independence, and continue doing the activities you love like gardening, lawn bowls, knitting, or even playing with the grandkids. Discover how physiotherapy can help you with some handy information from our Generation Care physiotherapists.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is an essential health service for all stages of life, ranging from childhood to mature ages. Whether you’re recovering from a surgery or experiencing chronic lower back pain, your physiotherapist will guide you through your recovery. Physiotherapists will work closely with your GP or relevant specialist to identify your issue and treat it together.

How Physiotherapy Helps

Your physiotherapist will recommend treatment that prioritises your health and improves your overall quality of life. Depending on your circumstances, your physiotherapist will use a variety of treatments to manage a multitude of conditions.

However, a physiotherapist’s scope of practise extends beyond just looking after your injury or pain. They will help you achieve any important goals or objectives, such as being able to walk for longer periods and strengthening your core to manage back pain when travelling. Your physiotherapist will develop an individualised plan or program so that you can achieve your goals, increase your mobility, and improve your health.

Additionally, physiotherapists will also work closely with other healthcare professionals such as exercise physiologists, nutritionists, or even psychologists to make sure all of your treatments are working together towards the best outcomes for you.

Conditions that Physiotherapists Treat

Physiotherapists treat a variety of conditions, especially those related to movement and physical health. Your practitioner will be able to assist you through a range of conditions in the body, such as:

  • Lower back pain
  • Falls and fractures
  • Poor balance
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Joint replacement rehabilitation
  • Stroke recovery
  • Muscle and joint pain

What Treatments Do Physiotherapists Use?

Physiotherapists use a wide range of treatments to improve your physical condition and health. Typically, these types of treatments are natural, non-medicated, and non-surgical. Some examples of common treatments that physiotherapists use to help you include:

  • Physiotherapy exercises and rehabilitation
  • Soft tissue and deep tissue massage
  • Manual therapy (e.g. mobilisations, manipulations, etc.)
  • Lifestyle recommendations and advice
  • Electrotherapy (e.g., ultrasound therapy, interferential, etc.)
  • Dry needling
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Assisting with gait aids, such as walking sticks, frames and crutches.

Though each therapist may have their own unique approach to your health challenge, they will use a range of these techniques to decide the best solution for you.

Which Physiotherapist Should I Choose?

Finding the right physiotherapist is vital for achieving the best results and getting the most appropriate strategy for you. Working with a healthcare professional who recognises that everybody has the right to live happily at any age or any circumstance is essential. Being able to develop a strong relationship between you and your physiotherapist only strengthens your health and wellbeing.

At Generation Care our priority is to deliver nothing less than ‘Five Star Care.’ Our physiotherapists model their evidence-based practice around patient-centred care – which means we put you first. To find a result-driven and passionate physiotherapist who cares about your health, click on the link below.

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