What is Pain? What are the Types of Pain?

Pain can be defined as an uncomfortable sensation that occurs in the body due to various reasons and impairs the quality of life of the person.

Basically, it can be divided into two types: acute and chronic pain. Acute pain is the type of pain that occurs mostly in the short term after injuries, while chronic pain is the type of pain that lasts for a long time and disrupts the comfort of the person.

When does the pain go away after physical therapy?

With the right pain treatment, the pain usually goes away in a few weeks. The person should start pain management as early as possible. For long-term pain, regular physical therapy is extremely important.

Pain Treatment Methods

Today, there are many methods for pain treatment. In terms of physical therapy, pain is one of the main parameters emphasized, but in recent years, there has been a great deal of focus on combating pain. A treatment program is planned for the individual after an accurate assessment. In physical therapy, in addition to basic methods such as pain relieving electric currents, hot/cold applications, laser, ultrasound, there are also mechanical solutions that focus on the source of pain.

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 3 months and that the person continues to feel despite many treatment approaches. Chronic pain is a problem in itself. It is quite common all over the world and is frequently seen in elderly patients. Chronic pain is a serious problem that affects the person in pain and their relatives. It affects the whole life of the person. It can limit activities of daily living and make the patient feel weak and tired. Persistent pain can also lead to a depressed mood.


Physical Therapy in Chronic Pain Treatment

Drug therapy and physical therapy are preferred in the treatment of chronic pain. Within the scope of chronic pain complaints, a treatment program is created with a holistic approach as a result of detailed preliminary evaluation and assessments. Individuals can return to their daily lives in a short time.


Physical Therapy Approaches Used in Chronic Pain Treatment

  • Physical therapy agents,
  • Manual Therapy
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Stretching exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Cardiovascular exercises

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