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Chronic Pain Specialist

Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation located in Greenbelt, MD & Olney, MD

Chronic pain affects about 20% of people in the United States and limits mobility and daily activities, affecting the quality of life. The team at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center in Greenbelt, Olney, Bowie, Riverdale, Glen Burnie, Laurel, and Silver Spring, Maryland, specializes in active rehabilitation for chronic pain. The physical therapy practice utilizes many tools, techniques, and therapies to help you take charge of your pain so you can get back to living your life. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today. Same-day and next-day appointments are available.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain refers to pain that lasts six or more months. This type of pain may develop after an acute injury or from an underlying medical condition. 

The type of pain you feel may depend on the cause, but your pain may make it hard for you to engage in daily activities, go to work, or socialize with friends and family. 

These physical consequences of your pain may affect your mental and emotional well-being, leading to depression or anxiety.

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain may occur after an acute injury or from an underlying health problem. Common sources of chronic pain include:

  • Migraines
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica

No matter the cause, chronic pain places additional stress on your body, leading to tense muscles, limited mobility, and fatigue. 

If you suffer from chronic pain, the team at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center can help.

What can I expect during a chronic pain evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive initial assessment when you visit Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center for a chronic pain evaluation. The team wants to find and treat the source of your pain to improve your quality of life.

Your physical therapist reviews your medical history, symptoms, and treatments you use to manage your pain. They perform a physical assessment, evaluating your body’s mobility, flexibility, balance, and muscle strength.

How can physical therapy help my chronic pain?

Your physical therapist at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center creates a customized treatment plan for your chronic pain based on the underlying cause, the severity of symptoms, and your overall health and well-being.

Treatment may include:

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Moist heat or ice
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)
  • Manual therapy
  • Deep friction massage
  • Pressure point release
  • Manual stretching
  • Joint mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • Manual traction
  • Dry needling
  • ALINE® system for insole fitting
  • Gait training

When it comes to easing chronic pain, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. The team at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center works closely with you and your other health care providers to develop a plan that gets you back to living your life.

Physical therapy is a key treatment for chronic pain conditions. Get started today by calling the Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center or scheduling a consultation online.