Chronic Pain in Columbia

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Gwen Brown

I was referred to Pinnacle by my physician because of painful hips due to arthritis. Brandon was my PT, and worked miracles with my hips and core. Bonus: no more lower back pain. Highly recommended! 

K Cannon

The team at Pinnacle has worked together cohesively to address and help correct some long term pain/movement problems I have had. Their protocol is completely different than any other PT place I have been to and their willingness to fully comprehend and resolve my issues, questions, and concerns has been not only refreshing, but has also resulted in fantastic results. 

Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that can persist for extended periods, causing significant discomfort and distress. Unlike acute pain, which may last for hours or weeks and often has a clear cause, chronic pain endures for months or even years and can be more elusive in its origins. The intensity of chronic pain may fluctuate over time, but it rarely vanishes entirely. Fortunately, lasting relief options are available for those grappling with this relentless condition.

Understanding Chronic Pain in Columbia

Chronic pain sets itself apart from other forms of pain, particularly acute pain, through its persistence and often mysterious origins. While acute pain typically arises suddenly from injuries or illnesses and tends to resolve within a relatively short timeframe, chronic pain lingers, defying easy explanation. It may result from a past injury, such as a long-forgotten back strain, or develop gradually due to non-injury factors like aging joints, degenerative disks, or pinched nerves.

Moreover, chronic pain often defies conventional diagnostic methods like X-rays, making it challenging to pinpoint its exact source. In many cases, it necessitates the expertise of a physical therapist to identify and assess the extent of the damage accurately. Unlike acute pain, chronic pain can be an enigma, lingering without a definitive cause, making it even more distressing.

Common Forms of Chronic Pain

Numerous medical conditions give rise to chronic pain, and they seldom resolve on their own. Some common chronic pain conditions that can benefit from physical therapy include:

  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Pelvic Joint Pain
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Foot Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow

The Role of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy emerges as a crucial ally in the battle against chronic pain. The type and cause of your chronic pain will determine the specific treatment approach recommended by your physical therapist. In some cases, physical therapy may be integrated into a comprehensive medical plan, such as managing diabetes-related pain or attempting to avoid surgery.

Physical therapists employ a range of techniques to alleviate pain and enhance mobility. These techniques may include manual therapy, where gentle stretching and pressure are applied to target problematic joints and muscles. Posture and movement correction are often essential components of chronic pain therapy, along with exercises designed to improve strength and flexibility.

Beyond in-office sessions, physical therapists equip patients with tools for self-help. Patients can learn exercises and stretch to perform at home, effectively reducing pain and enhancing muscle strength. Additional therapeutic options such as cupping, acupuncture, and decompression therapy may be incorporated into the treatment plan based on individual needs.

Trusting Columbia Physical Therapy Specialists

Our highly skilled team of physical therapists in Columbia specializes in helping individuals manage chronic pain effectively. Our licensed specialists provide personalized care to alleviate pain and restore function. Whether you seek relief from chronic pain or desire hands-on treatment and a range of therapeutic options, our dedicated staff is here to support you on your journey to a pain-free life. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and take the first step toward lasting relief.