Let’s talk about pain.
It’s something that we’ve all had at some point in our life, some worse than others. Pain can affect the physical, social, and psychological aspects of our lives, yet it’s something that our society likes to mask and sweep under the rug. Advertisements for over the counter medications and modalities rule our televisions, and mold our ideas of how pain should be treated.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that prescription use has almost quadrupled in the US, even though there has not been a change in the amount of reports of pain. The CDC also states that nonpharmacologic therapy and nonopioid pharmacologic therapy are preferred for chronic pain. This means that non-drug therapies like physical therapy are the first line of defense in the eyes of the CDC for issues of pain.
Pain is your body’s line of communication to you! That nagging low back pain is a message from your body telling you that something is not right.
If we wait too long to deal with the pain, it can become chronic. This means that your body has structurally healed, however becomes accustomed to the level of pain that it is experiencing. In other words, pain becomes the new norm.
A physical therapist can evaluate the cause of your neuromusculoskeletal pain, and help normalize the tissue to bring your body out of that acute stage.
So, listen to your body! Don’t cover your pain with Advil or Tylenol. Seek a licensed medical professional to help uncover the issues causing you pain!