Chronic Pain Relief River Edge, NJ

Chronic Pain

What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts more than 12 weeks. It is different from acute pain, and it can persist for many months. When you have chronic pain, the brain continues to send pain signals even after an injury has healed. Chronic pain can occur in different locations of the body for different reasons. It’s important to accurately diagnose the root cause of chronic pain so it can be effectively treated. Typically, a healthcare professional will take a pain history from the patient along with ordering tests to determine an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

Causes of Chronic Pain

About 80 percent of adults experience chronic back pain at some point. Usually, it occurs in the lower back. It may be caused by an injury or due to osteoarthritis, arthritis and normal wear-and-tear. Back pain is an epidemic in our country. Common causes include compression fractures, bulging discs, soft tissue damage, spinal stenosis, and structural deformities.

Over 90 percent of the adult population will report a history of headaches. Chronic headaches occur for two weeks a month and no less than three months consecutively. Tension headaches are caused by stress, and eye strain headaches are due to strained ocular muscles. Migraines are caused by nervous system triggers, and cluster headaches are due to an enlargement of the blood vessels.

Joint pain is a leading type of chronic pain. It’s generally due to advancing age, infection or injury. Osteoarthritis is common in the elderly and typically affects the larger joints. Rheumatoid arthritis causes swelling of the joint spaces. Tendinitis is due to the inflammation of the joint tendons, and a repetitive motion injury is common in athletes. All of these can cause chronic joint pain.

Chronic nerve pain occurs when the nerves are damaged, compressed or lose their myelin sheath. Sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, postherpetic neuralgia, and diabetic neuropathy can cause chronic nerve pain.

How Physical Therapy Helps Chronic Pain

A physical therapist will help educate you about your chronic pain and find solutions to help improve your quality of life. A physical therapist will evaluate your clinical examination and create an individualized treatment program that targets the root problem. You’ll engage in flexibility and strengthening exercises for easier mobility with less discomfort. A graded exercise program will help train your brain to sense the problem area. With manual therapy, a physical therapist uses gentle hands-on techniques to move soft tissues and joint structures. This helps reduce pain and increase movement. With body mechanics instruction and posture awareness, you will learn to use your body more efficiently while performing activities. This also reduces pain and improves function. A physical therapist may also use heat, ice or electrical stimulation to help reduce chronic pain.

Are you suffering from chronic pain? If so, contact us at River Edge, NJ center. We’ve helped many others manage their chronic pain and can help you, too.

MEET OUR THERAPISTS

They just make work a pleasure.

Michelle Ribustello,

I came to Back to Health in 2015 from a skilled nursing facility and it's been great being able to work with my patients in their home, helping them in their own environment. It's much more rewarding to be able to see them function independently by the time you are finished with them and they are discharged. Working for Back to Health has also been great. I am a new mom so scheduling has been phenomenal. Your patients are very flexible, the office is super flexible, and they just make work a pleasure.

It feels so good to love my job each and every day!

Jodi McLean,

Back to Health gives me the opportunity to see patients in the clinic setting and in their homes. I love the connection I am able to make with my patients and their families as they welcome me into their homes. This is the most flexible, rewarding, stress-free job anyone could ever ask for as an occupational therapist. It feels so good to love my job each and every day!

Back To Health is the best PT job that I have ever had.

Patricia Verdote,

Back To Health is the best PT job that I have ever had. I am able to treat the patients the way that I want to treat, the way that I believe will be the best level of care for the patient in their own environment. I helped one patient learn how to get up off of their favorite chair in their living room – and that is not something that I have ever had the chance to do before!

You couldn't ask for anything better.

Melissa Stawinski,

I feel really lucky to be able to work for Back to Health Physical Therapy. It's allowed me to really tap into why I became an OT in the first place. Working in people's homes, in their environment, identifying what's meaningful to them, and helping them achieve their goals; you couldn't ask for anything better.

It is such a fun time and I look forward to working with you!

Jill Chroback,

The reason I love working for Back to Health is not only for working with such a wonderful staff, we have some great therapists and administrators working here, but also working with patients in their own environment so we are able to do a lot in actual situations and we have seen some great progress. It is such a fun time and I look forward to working with you!

This has been the best, professional, ethical group I have ever worked with.

Diane Hennion,

I have been working for Back to Health for three years now and out of my whole career, this has been the best, professional, ethical group I have ever worked with. They are friendly, warm and very intent on providing the best outcome and care for their individual clients.

I honestly look forward to "going to work" with Back to Health.

Stephanie Spada,

I love working at Back to Health as it allows me the flexibility to be both a hands-on involved mom to an amazing six-year-old little boy as well as a working professional. I am able to provide quality one-on-one quality care to my patient's in the comfort of their own home. I honestly look forward to "going to work" with Back to Health. They are a caring, dedicated group of special people who truly want the best for their patients!!

The flexibility is priceless to me.

Jill Friedbauer,

It was very difficult for me to find a PT position where I could send my kids off to school in the morning and to also be home to greet them when they come home in the afternoon. That flexibility is priceless to me. My patients have made a tremendous level of progress – even more than I have seen in clinical environments – which is really rewarding. I love working with Back To Health so much that I have referred clinicians that I have worked with in the past to join their team!

The most emotional and financially rewarding position that I have ever had.

Yvette Jain-Nafpliotis,

I have been working with Back To Health since 2006 and it has been the most emotional and financially rewarding position that I have ever had. The patients are so grateful for the services and I truly can see their progress in a very direct way.