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Physical Therapy

Some type of physical therapy is often recommended to manage persistent, or chronic pain. Patients may benefit from a personalized PT plan that incorporates both active (the patient participates) and passive (done to the patient) techniques, or modules. Such methods may ease discomfort linked to non-specific low back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or pain due to damage to tissues or nerves (neuropathic pain).

Identifying Sources of Chronic Pain

Physical therapy isn’t going to be effective unless likely sources of pain are identified. Physical therapists often coordinate treatment plans with a patient’s doctor and perform additional assessments and evaluations to get a better idea of what type of PT to recommend.

Soft Tissue Manipulation

A key component of most physical therapy routines for pain management is the manipulation and stimulation of various soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Manipulative PT often involves massage therapy, the manipulation of joints and bones, and may include:

  • Manual therapy with hands or special tools
  • Cold laser therapy to ease inflammation
  • Electrical stimulation therapy
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy

Reducing Inflammation and Swelling

Mild forms of PT such as temperature therapy or the targeting of specific tissues with manipulation combined with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are meant to ease swelling around joints. Effectively reducing inflammation makes it easier for patients to participate in other forms of PT.

Physical Therapy Exercises

Exercise is a key focus of most PT treatment plans. Physical therapy exercises often include mild or moderate stretching. If joint pain makes it difficult to exercise, water-based exercises or water aerobics may be recommended. Patients may be encouraged to continue exercising between sessions by:

  • Walking at least 20-30 minutes per day
  • Performing specific stretches to prevent muscle stiffness
  • Adopting an appropriate weight lifting routine

How PT Helps Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic pain sufferers often benefit from a reduction in painful swelling and an increased strengthening of muscles. Physical therapy may also manage chronic pain by improving posture, allowing patients to get more productive and recuperative sleep, and counteracting muscle weakness.

Physical therapy is considered highly effective for the management of chronic pain since it can be tailored to very specific needs and abilities. It’s also highly adaptive in that different techniques can be recommended as progress is made or needs change over time. Patients who respond well to PT often enjoy increased muscle strength and flexibility and fewer instances of disruptive pain.

Contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today to schedule a physical therapy appointment with us.

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Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accommodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

Ellie O.

Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

Lisa A.

I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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