Choose Physical Therapy for Safe Pain Management
The International Association for the Study of Pain has defined pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” Whether actual tissue damage or perceived threat of injury has occurred, people experience pain as real.
We Know Your Pain is Real
And it’s individual. No one should try to judge the reality of another person’s pain. No matter the source – whether injury, arthritis, joint problems, post-surgery, or disease – if you feel pain, you have pain. Physical therapists partner with patients, their families, and other health care professionals to manage and reduce pain through movement and exercise.
PT to Avoid Opioid Risks
The American Physical Therapy Association launched a national campaign to raise awareness about the risks of long-term use of opioids and the fact that physical therapy is a safe alternative for pain management. While doctor-prescribed opioids are suitable for some cases, they only mask pain. Opioid risks include depression, substance use disorder, overdose, and withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.
At Scerbo Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, we are committed to helping our patients reduce and manage pain in the safest way possible, with effective long-term results without the risks of opioid use.
Before you have Surgery, try Physical Therapy.
Physical therapy helps to reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases and conditions. It also can keep many problems from getting worse. Some pain and movement problems can become chronic and lead to surgery. Physical therapists can help you avoid the need for, and the costs and risks of, surgery.
Research shows that physical therapy can be as effective as surgery for some conditions, including:
• Meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis.
• Rotator cuff tears.
• Spinal stenosis.
Degenerative disk disease.
In some cases, surgery cannot be avoided. Ask us how your Scerbo physical therapist will help you both prepare for and recover from surgery.
Help for Chronic Pain
Some diseases, such as cancer and arthritis, cause ongoing pain. With chronic pain, however, pain is created in the nervous system even after physical tissues have healed.
In some cases, chronic pain can lead to decreased activity levels, job loss, or financial difficulties, as well as anxiety, depression, and disability. Our physical therapists work together with chronic pain patients to lessen their pain and restore their activity to the highest possible levels. With treatment, the adverse effects of chronic pain can be reduced. (For more about Chronic Pain, link to https://scerbopt.com/break-the-cycle-of-suffering/)
Ask Us how Physical Therapy can Help With Your Pain
At Scerbo PT, we are committed to safely lessening pain, building strength and mobility, and promoting the overall health and fitness of our patients. Remember, while we will always partner with other health professionals where indicated, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to begin an individualized physical therapy program. Contact us today in Edgewater, N.J., (201) 941-2240. The only thing you have to lose – is your pain.