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What is Chronic Pain

About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll on a person.

The most common sources of pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches. Other kinds of chronic pain include tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain affecting specific parts of the body, such as the shoulders, pelvis, and neck. Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition. Chronic pain may originate with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. Some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.

The emotional toll of chronic pain also can make pain worse. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complex ways with chronic pain and may decrease the body’s production of natural painkillers; moreover, such negative feelings may increase the level of substances that amplify sensations of pain, causing a vicious cycle of pain for the person. Even the body’s most basic defenses may be compromised: There is considerable evidence that unrelenting pain can suppress the immune system. Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects of the condition. At Perfect Balance Physical Therapy, we provide a holistic and comprehensive treatment plan. It is possible to get control back and regain your lifestyle.

Often, in the chronic pain setting, the approach to treatment focuses on education based treatment. There is no touching of patients in the Chronic Pain Clinics, as it undermines the philosophy of teaching independence and empowering patients to manage their own health and conditions. The most successful outcomes for alleviating pain and increasing function by combining the best of both these approaches. Our office allows for optimal healing to take place, and practical home programs to be designed. We’ll create a self care and strength/flexibility routine that can be done with simple props in the comfort of the patient’s home. The most effective self treatment or strengthening program is one that is actually being done. Our clients leave our office having received a treatment that is part PT, part spa treatment, part osteopathic, part personal training, and part wellness education. You’ll receive a comprehensive treatment that takes all of you into account. For more information, Call us at Los Gatos & San Jose, CA centers.