When you’re in pain, the last thing you want to do is move or participate in an exercise program. But targeted movements and exercise, referred to as physiotherapy, can reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. The pain management specialists at Pain Specialty Group in Newington, New Hampshire, led by Anh L. Ngo, MD MBA, and Manuel G. Sanchez, MD, take a multidisciplinary approach to pain management, such as including physiotherapy as part of the treatment plan. To learn more about the benefits of physiotherapy for pain, call the office or book online today.
Physiotherapy, also referred to as physical therapy, is a medical specialty focused on function and movement to improve health, reduce pain, and restore independence. The team at Pain Specialty Group includes physiotherapy in its multidisciplinary approach to pain management.
Improving the strength and movement of the muscles surrounding your source of pain may alleviate stress and reduce your discomfort. It also improves energy and mood, which may further improve pain control.
The team at Pain Specialty Group determines if you’re a good candidate for physiotherapy during your evaluation. Some of the medical conditions that benefit from therapy include:
Physiotherapy is usually one of the first modes of treatment recommended for many pain conditions, incorporated into your plan before more invasive therapies are recommended, such as an epidural, stem cell therapy, or surgery.
The physiotherapy team at Pain Specialty Group takes an integrative medicine approach to care, which means they design a plan that takes your whole health into consideration, not just the body part causing your pain.
During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms and medical history. They also review your usual activities of daily living and how your pain affects your ability to carry out those activities. They also perform a physical exam, assessing muscle strength, coordination, and balance.
Based on the information gathered during your evaluation, the physiotherapy team develops functional goals and an exercise plan to help you meet your goals. Your plan may include:
To get the best results, you may be required to engage in in-office physiotherapy a few times a week for several weeks and participate in your home exercise program most days of the week. As you reach your functional goals, your physiotherapist may update your care plan as needed.
Exercise and movement are essential for pain reduction. To learn more about physiotherapy at Pain Specialty Group and how it can help you, call the office or book an appointment online.