How Pain Management Helps Patients
Patients who live with chronic pain find solace in pain management. A physical therapist is within the team of pain management, and we help our patients through mostly natural means of healing. There are different ways of helping people with various symptoms. We evaluate the situation and go from there to determine what will work best for each individual. For example, a person may come in with back pain. Some may find massage works, while others may need a heating or ice pack. If someone comes in with an injury like a sprained ankle, we will work with the patient according to the pain level until the ankle is healed correctly. There is ice for the swelling, and as the swelling comes down, we have exercises that the patient can handle, and we continue to keep moving the ankle if it is not broken a little more each visit. A bit of weight each time is applied until the patient can put all of their weight on it. No medicine is used, only pain management.
Surgery rehabilitation is offered for patients who get out of surgery and in need of getting back to their usual way of life. There are thousands of different surgeries, so we can only cover an example or two to paint a picture. If someone has knee surgery, we do not expect the patient to run a marathon the same day. In the old days, people would have to stay off of their feet for weeks. This is not the case anymore because we found out the blood clots are far more dangerous. Blood flow is a vitally important part of healing. That is why we require patients to begin surgery rehabilitation within 24 to 48 hours after the surgery. Movement is necessary, and small exercises and steps may be taken even if the patient only stands up the first day. Other minor surgeries, like having the appendix removed, can allow the patient to get up and walk the same day.