What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is continuous, long-term pain that lasts for months, and in some cases, even years. Unlike acute pain, which has a known cause and is resolved when the cause is no longer present, chronic pain often results from an unidentifiable cause or may exist long after recovery from an initial injury. Diseases such as arthritis or cancer can also play a causal role in the development of chronic pain. Here at Healthmax Physiotherapy we understand that chronic pain makes it difficult for you to complete your daily activities and lead a normal life. We offer chronic pain treatment plans that are tailored to your individual condition, diagnosis and desired expectations.
Toronto Chronic Pain Management Clinics
Healthmax Physiotherapy has a number of clinics in Toronto and the GTA, all of which offer effective chronic pain management treatments. We are associated with the Toronto Poly Clinic, which employs chronic pain specialists who are trained and certified to ensure that you receive the highest quality treatment possible.
Diagnosing Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can be difficult to diagnose which is why we take a very detailed, comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment processes. After learning your medical history, we perform a physical examination to determine your overall health, paying particular attention to problem areas you identify or that we suspect may be the source of your chronic pain. Although it is often challenging to precisely describe the pain you feel, we ask specific, targeted questions to help us diagnose the issue. Pain scales can be used to rate the intensity, and a range of other techniques can be applied to pinpoint the source of your chronic pain.
Chronic Back Pain Treatment
Common Treatment Options
Depending on your specific condition and the identified source of your chronic pain, there are a number of treatments that may be recommended. Whether your pain originated from a back injury, a motor vehicle accident injury or a sports related injury, common treatments used to minimize and manage chronic pain include:
- Nerve Blocks
- Massage Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Psychological Treatment
- Relaxation and Cognitive Techniques
- Active Therapy
There are a large number of medical conditions and injuries which can be the underlying causes of chronic pain, and symptoms vary from one individual to another. With this in mind, it is often a combination of several treatment techniques that are customized to each individual and their chronic pain symptoms which produces the best results. Toronto Healthmax Physiotherapy Clinics are specifically designed to accommodate integrated treatment plans. Our team of therapeutic experts works together to offer patients comprehensive treatments that incorporate a number of disciplines. The results are positive, showing faster recovery from slips and falls, motor vehicle accidents, and sports and work related injuries. Not only do we focus on your recovery but also on the prevention of future pain and dysfunction.
To learn more about our chronic pain management services at any of our clinics in Toronto or the GTA, please contact us.