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Managing Chronic Pain

Managing Chronic Pain

11Apr

A recent study from the Irish Journal of Medical Science revealed that up to 13% of the population has chronic pain, meaning long-term pain which lasts for more than six months.  This pain can come from a number of sources including your joints, muscles and nerves. The low back and neck are commonly affected by chronic pain. You may be suffering from sustained discomfort due to an illness or disease or it may be as a result of an injury such as a dislocation or fracture.  Pain usually subsides as an injury heals but in the case of chronic pain, it continues longer than normal healing times. Some people may even experience such physical suffering without known previous injury or damage.

Effects of long term pain

The effects of long term pain can extend beyond the physical, to anxiety, stress or depression which in themselves hamper the ability to deal with such pain. There are ways to address this cycle.  At Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic we have many years’ experience of working with clients to manage their chronic pain.  Often a multidisciplinary approach is needed, with medical practitioners and physiotherapists working in their respective fields, to help the sufferer. Sometimes physiotherapy, along with prescribed medication, can make a real difference to the lives of those suffering from chronic pain, the symptoms of which can include:

  • Discomfort whether milder or more severe, that does not go away
  • Pain that feels burning, shooting, aching, or electrical
  • Feelings of soreness, tightness, discomfort, or stiffness
  • Sleeplessness due to the physical discomfort
  • Continuous tiredness
  • Weakened immune system
  • Stress, anxiety or depression

The team at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic work with you to produce a programme specifically designed for your needs. We focus on helping through physiotherapy and giving you techniques to deal with your symptoms.  We also provide a home treatment service for patients unable to make it to the clinic.  We understand the needs of clients and work with them to help ensure that chronic pain doesn’t have to be debilitating and to aid sufferers in their management of that pain.  You can contact us to start on your pain management programme which can see real results in your quality of life.

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