September is National Pain Awareness Month
September is National Pain Awareness Month, an ideal time to shed light on the essential role that physical therapy plays in chronic pain management. This month, we're emphasizing the financial toll of untreated pain, drawing from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
Chronic pain is a widespread issue affecting millions worldwide. According to the IASP, untreated pain takes a significant financial toll on healthcare systems, costing billions annually. It results in increased hospitalization rates, more doctor visits, and the extensive use of medications, driving up healthcare costs substantially.
The study, "First Provider Seen for an Acute Episode of Low Back Pain Influences Subsequent Health Care Utilization," provides striking insights. It highlights that patients who initially opt for treatments other than physical therapy often incur substantially higher healthcare costs over time. These costs can add up to thousands of dollars in expenses related to specialist consultations, imaging tests, and even surgeries, all aimed at managing unresolved pain.
So, how does physical therapy come into play?
Physical therapy offers a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to chronic pain management, all while being a cost-effective option. Here's how it works:
Pain Assessment: Our experienced physical therapists start by conducting a thorough assessment to understand the underlying causes of your pain. This personalized approach ensures that the treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs.
Targeted Exercises: Physical therapists design exercise programs that address muscle imbalances, improve flexibility, and enhance strength. These exercises not only alleviate pain but also prevent it from recurring, potentially saving you from costly future medical bills.
Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization and soft tissue manipulation can provide immediate pain relief, helping you avoid additional expenses related to surgeries or invasive procedures.
Education: Physical therapists educate you about proper body mechanics, posture, and ergonomics to prevent pain from worsening or reoccurring in the future, potentially sparing you from the financial burden of chronic pain management.
By addressing the root causes of chronic pain and improving overall function, physical therapy offers a holistic approach that not only improves your quality of life but also saves you from the financial strain of untreated pain.
Our team of dedicated physical therapists is here to provide individualized care, aiming to enhance your overall quality of life while being mindful of your financial well-being. Don't let untreated pain control your life and empty your wallet. Take the proactive step of considering physical therapy as your primary choice for managing chronic pain. Contact us today, and let's make every month Pain Awareness Month by raising awareness about the cost-effective and beneficial aspects of physical therapy in managing chronic pain.