09 Sep Chronic Pain
Today is World Physiotherapy Day—a global event recognising the important role physiotherapists play in the community and the relationships they have with their patients. The theme for World Physiotherapy Day 2019 on 8th September 2019 is chronic pain and the role that physiotherapy and physical activity can have in helping people manage their chronic pain.
Chronic pain is a significant global health burden—with low back pain causing more disability than any other condition. Chronic pain can be associated with a wide range of conditions including low back pain, cervical and thoracic pain, shoulder pain, headache disorders, cancer, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
How can physiotherapists help people with chronic pain to take control of their condition, increase their activity, and improve their quality of life?
Physiotherapists have unique skills to recommend specific exercise programs to help relieve chronic pain. The benefits of using exercise to manage chronic pain include:
- maintaining flexibility and movement
- improving cardiovascular health
- building and keeping muscle tone
- improving mood and general well-being
- helping control pain
- increasing confidence to take part in activities
- taking back control of your life and reducing your fear.
World Confederate Physical Therapy (WCPT) President Emma Stokes said:
‘People who have chronic pain tell us that it can be difficult to get or stay active. But a physiotherapist can work with you to suggest activities or a program that’s right for you. They can help you understand how pain works, reduce your fears around pain, educate you about your condition, encourage you to take part safely in physical activity, build your confidence, help you remain or return to work or participate in activities that allow you to live life the way you want to. Talk to a physiotherapist and discover how they can help you learn self-management techniques to manage your pain.’
- Chronic pain affects more that 3.2 million Australians
- 1 in 5 people live with chronic pain
- 1 in 3 older Australians have chronic pain
People with chronic pain also commonly experience depression, fatigue and poor sleep. Brighton Spine and Sports clinic has a team of 8 Physiotherapists – if you’re unsure who to see, call our reception team discuss who will be best suited to help you.