Chronic PainChronic Pain Therapy in Wasilla, Alaska
Northern Edge Physical Therapy is the right choice for your treatment. We are the only physical therapy practice in the state of Alaska that offers clients excellence in physical therapy with specialized programs such as; Dry Needling, Redcord, AlterG Anti-gravity Treadmill, Low-level Laser Therapy, and Massage Therapy.
The need for specialized programs to address chronic pain is astounding. There are at least 116 million adults in the United States living with chronic pain. More people suffer from common chronic pain conditions than the total number of those affected by heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Chronic pain alters every aspect of life, affecting physical, mental and emotion function. It is an enormous burden on quality of life, relationships and work. An estimated $560 to $635 billion dollars are spent on chronic pain each year in direct medical cost and lost productivity.
Risks for chronic pain
- Migraine and headaches (5% of women aged 28-65 experience headache 15 or days per month)
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Nerve pain (6 million men have neuropathic pain)
- Fibromyalgia (6 million women have fibromyalgia)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Chronic Interstitial cystitis
- Post-surgical pain or trauma (10-15% develop chronic pain)
- Low back pain (26% of Americans report LBP lasting at least 1 day in past 3mos)
- Temoporomandibular joint pain or jaw pain
Cry for help. Pain is a warning signal, like a stop sign. It is the most frequent reason that patients seek medical attention. The problem is that chronic pain is not respected as a separate condition. Acute pain is a sign of injury, it means stop and take notice of tissue changes. Chronic pain is a sign of disability, it means get moving and take notice of brain changes. The daily presence of pain, increases the risk for depression by nearly four times. This can often lead to physical and psychological impairments such as insomnia and disability. Pain is an illness in its own right. The underlying conditions and the pain must be treated simultaneously to achieve improvement. Chronic pain is too often un-recognized, misdiagnosed and mistreated.
The challenge with chronic pain is developing a concise inventory of all injured or impaired structures and determining an effective treatment program that won’t aggravate symptoms. Lack of specific diagnosis and treatment may be the reason some chronic pain problems tend to get worse with treatment. Northern Edge Physical Therapy understands the challenges faced by those suffering from chronic pain. Our examination is designed to be specific allowing us to identify structures which are either causing pain or delaying healing. Our treatment is directed towards the pain and the pain-related conditions to guide patients along a path to complete and natural healing. We offer specialized programs for chronic pain physical therapy in Wasilla to achieve pain-relief and enhance performance.