Physical Therapy and Pain Management – Why Does An Integrative Approach Matter?

Healing from an injury, especially a spinal injury, can be a very complex process. Therefore it is understandable that your approach to both pain management and physical therapy to help you heal should use an integrative approach. All this means is that you combine more than one treatment method to give yourself better results. One could go to physical therapy, take their advice, do whatever they tell you to do, and have regular visits with a pain management clinic to help keep you comfortable.  Approaching healing from spinal surgery using this approach can improve your outcomes. Also, it’s great for people who have chronic pain to help them live a better quality of life because they use more than one approach to manage the pain. They could have physical therapy to learn how to reduce the stress on their spine or back, and pain management steps could make it easier for them to follow through with the techniques they learned in therapy. If you’re still curious as to why an integrative approach is often necessary, read on.  

1. Gets to the Root of the Problem 

What’s really causing your back pain? Do you have chronic issues? Maybe you had an older injury that acts up every time you overdo it. You could have gotten a new injury that isn’t healing properly, or natural wear and tear on your back and spine could be the cause too. Whatever the reason, a lot of physicians will prescribe physical therapy with pain management techniques.  Physical therapy will help discover what your main cause of back pain is. It could be disintegrated discs, muscle strains, or an injury. Once you find out what’s causing it, you can get a tailored treatment plan in place. Physical therapy will help alleviate the stress and strain on your back. Taking steps to manage your pain ensures that you’re able to continue working with the physical therapist to address your issue.  

2. Treatment is Tailored to You 

There is no such thing as a one size fits all treatment plan when it comes to pain management or therapy. This is because everyone is different. What you need to address your chronic pain or injury isn’t the same as what the next patient needs to help improve their quality of life. Getting into physical rehabilitation sessions will help the therapist tailor a treatment plan to you. Maybe you just need light stretching, or you could need to learn to watch your posture. The same thing goes for pain management. You could be someone who never blocks work well for, or you could be someone who needs a different approach to help manage your pain levels. As you work with your medical team, they’ll be able to tailor their approach to your specific needs, and this increases your chances of it working.  

3. Host of Treatment Options 

You don’t want to try and manage or treat your pain in one way only. This typically isn’t very effective, and your needs can change as your pain changes. With an integrative approach, you don’t get stuck with one type of treatment. Instead of just having medication options available to you, this treatment method opens other avenues to try. You could be someone who doesn’t want to take medications to help manage your pain, or you could have tried various injections and medications with little or no relief. Adding therapy to the mix is something a lot of people do when they’re trying out new treatment methods. The therapists can design a treatment plan that can help stretch your muscles to strengthen them, reduce fatigue, and support your spine. When you do this and keep up with your medications, you can see improvements.  

4. Gives You More Understanding of Your Problem 

Sometimes, you can get confused by medical jargon, and it’s especially easy for things to slip through the cracks if you’re just starting your diagnosis journey. If you just work with one doctor or team with one treatment plan, there could be a chance that you don’t get a good understanding of your condition and why they’re recommending your treatment path.  However, when you bring in multiple approaches, you end up talking to multiple people in your care team. Going to physical therapy will give you a good understanding of your condition, what you could be doing to aggravate it, and how to fix it, so you’re more comfortable in your daily routine. You’ll get a good understanding of what your main concern is, and there are fewer chances of things slipping through the cracks.  

5. Treats the Whole Patient 

Unlike traditional pain management that just treats the symptoms, an integrative approach works to treat the whole patient. Some offices will follow a more holistic approach to pain management through physical therapy, and they’ll identify the body, mind, and spiritual dimensions of pain management. They can also incorporate cultural aspects of pain management.  This means that your care team will teach you about stress management, breath-work, relaxation techniques, and meditation. Depending on where you go, they could also offer hypnosis, therapeutic massages, energy healing, and aromatherapy. Instead of just treating your pain, they work to treat any emotional and physical factors that could contribute to your pain levels. In turn, you get a much more measurable result with your pain management.  

Florida Spine Associates Can Create a Pain Management Treatment Plan 

If you’d like to get an integrative approach to helping with your chronic pain issues, contact us at Florida Spine Associates. We have a licensed and experienced staff on hand who are ready to help tailor a treatment plan to your unique situation.  We offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment options, including proper lifting techniques, medications, nutrition advice, neuromodulation, joint injections, and physical therapy. For surgery, we have minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical disc replacement, kyphoplasty, and more. Contact us for a consultation and allow us to help improve your quality of life.