These are a staggeringly high numbers and lead to the question about how people cope with pain?
A new wave a care is integrating psychology and physical therapy to maximize the benefit for the patient.
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I understand and have had discussions regarding the stigma associated with psychologists. However, in this instance, they help act as pain control specialists teaching coping strategies in conjunction with physical therapists.
Together we can build a program to teach patients how to manage pain while at the same time integrating activity successfully under controlled circumstances with manageable pain. Then as they start to achieve success, their brain-body begins to reset their pain system to a lower level helping the patient to feel they can be more active.
So to those with chronic pain who have not found relief in pills, take the next step and call your physical therapist who can work together with others in the health care system necessary to help you achieve a less painful lifestyle.
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