For anyone who has never experienced trying to live with chronic pain, there’s simply no way to explain how it affects someone’s life. In too many cases, that kind of pain can be debilitating enough to ruin one’s quality of life. However, pain does not have to be a life sentence. A good Tennessee physical therapy program might be all that’s necessary to give someone the ability to function normally again.
A Tennessee Physical Therapy Program as an Alternative to Painkillers
By now, everyone should be aware the US is facing a serious epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction. Taking painkillers to treat acute pain issues makes sense because if the physical issue that’s causing the pain is temporary, the risk of addiction from long-term use is minimal. For chronic pain issues, however, other treatment alternatives might be better.
The premise of a Tennessee physical therapy program is to identify a patient’s source of pain and treat it with PT. It’s a far better option than offering addictive medications. For example, if a therapist is able to design an effective PT program, it’s likely to help in two ways. First, it should give the patient some immediate level of pain relief. Second, it’s quite possible the chronic pain treatment centers Tennessee offers can help the patient overcome their pain issues altogether.
Types of Physical Therapy Options
At Encore Health Group, we use a Tennessee physical therapy program that best suits each patient’s specific needs. From our arsenal of treatment programs, our therapist can choose from treatments options that include:
- Heat/ice packs
- Massage therapies
- Electrical stimulation, including TENS units and ultrasound
- Range of motion exercises
- Specific pain relief exercises
- Low-impact aerobic conditioning
- Strength building exercises
Our therapist will typically start with the least intrusive options. If good results are not forthcoming, they also have the option of moving up to more intensive treatments. At the end of the day, the goal is to make sure the patient has a proper plan for dealing with their pain issues.
Healing Pain Through Physical Therapy
As we indicated above, there’s always the possibility a Tennessee physical therapy program will work wonders. The wonder would come in the form of permanent pain relief. Spectrum Pain clinics have had much success with this exact endeavor. By building up certain muscle groups or targeting specific joints, the patient might also get some healing. All of this is possible without the patient having to take one prescription painkiller.
Treating Pain at Encore Health Group
All of our Tennessee facilities have also had great success in helping patients manage their pain issues. We make this possible by hiring some of the most innovative and talented physical therapists on the planet. Sound PT programs and highly motivated patients are the secrets to our success. We are happy to report we also treat mental health issues. To that end, here’s a short list of our current treatment programs:
- Outpatient Mental Health Counseling
- Depression and anxiety treatment
- Chronic/Acute Pain management
- Medication management
- Medication-assisted therapy
If your quality of life is suffering because of pain, you need to know you can do something about it. For example, it only takes one good Tennessee physical therapy program at Encore Health Group to make a difference. Before you settle for a life of taking addictive painkillers, you should make an appointment with us. We will do everything in our power to give you back the ability to function normally again.