Chronic Pain is an illness in its own right. It has its own signs, symptoms, complications and is associated with abnormal sensory processing. It has biological, emotional, psychosocial, and physical dimensions. Because it is so complex, it is often poorly understood and poorly managed.
Management, not cure, is key. Chronic pain is something that no health care provider can "fix" for a patient. Someone suffering from chronic pain needs to take the information learned from their physicians, therapists and other health care providers and faithfully apply this knowledge for the management of their condition.
The role of a physical therapist is to educate, promote ongoing pain management, and to provide crisis management for those times when a client is unable to manage on their own.
At Optimum Therapies, we strive to be sensitive to the complex needs of those with chronic pain. We work closely with other providers and disciplines such as the Omne Clinic, Pain Clinic of Northwestern Wisconsin and many others to provide the most comprehensive care possible. We communicate regularly with referring physicians and utilize many of the manual and exercise techniques described on this site to facilitate as much pain reduction and management as possible for all patients struggling with chronic pain.