Physical Therapy for Acute & Chronic Pain

Physical therapy plays a vital role in the treatment of both acute and chronic pain for our Long Island patients. Acute pain is characterized by its sudden onset and is often caused by injuries or surgeries, while chronic pain persists for an extended period, typically lasting for three months or longer. In both cases, physical therapy can offer effective solutions for pain management, promoting healing, and improving overall quality of life.

Acute Pain

When individuals experience acute pain, physical therapy interventions are aimed at reducing pain and inflammation, restoring mobility and function, and preventing complications.

Our initial focus is on pain relief, which may include modalities such as ice or heat packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or manual therapy techniques like massage. These methods help reduce swelling, alleviate muscle tension, and promote blood flow to the affected area.

Once pain is under control, our physical therapists design individualized exercise programs to restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion. These exercises often include gentle stretching, strengthening exercises, and low-impact aerobic activities. The goal is to improve muscle function, promote tissue healing, and prevent muscle atrophy and stiffness. Our physical therapists may also use techniques like manual therapy, joint mobilization, or soft tissue mobilization to enhance recovery and restore normal movement patterns.

Senior woman holding neck from pain
Chronic Pain in knee

Chronic Pain

In the case of chronic pain, physical therapy takes a multidimensional approach to address the complex nature of long-term pain conditions. Our physical therapists work closely with our Long Island patients to develop comprehensive treatment plans that focus on reducing pain, improving physical function, and enhancing overall well-being.

Physical therapy for chronic pain typically involves a combination of therapeutic exercises, manual therapy techniques, and education on pain management strategies. The exercise programs are tailored to each patient’s needs and may include a mix of stretching, strengthening, and aerobic exercises. These exercises help improve flexibility, endurance, and muscle strength, which can alleviate pain and enhance functional capacity.

Manual therapy techniques like joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and myofascial release are frequently used to target specific areas of pain and dysfunction. These hands-on techniques aim to reduce muscle tension, improve joint mobility, and decrease pain sensitivity. Additionally, our physical therapists may employ modalities such as heat therapy, cold therapy, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound to alleviate pain and promote tissue healing.

Your recovery is waiting for you at Montalto Physical Therapy.

Ear Acupuncture for Pain Management

Seeking relief from chronic musculoskeletal pain in your neck, lower back, shoulders, or knees? Ear acupuncture could be the effective pain management solution for you as you move toward a more active lifestyle in Oyster Bay, NY.

Ear acupuncture is a specialized form of acupuncture that targets the ear’s specific acupuncture points. Like traditional acupuncture, ear acupuncture involves tiny, sterile needles that are gently inserted into these points to activate the body’s natural healing process.

Blonde woman laying down with a acupuncture needles on her ear
Physicial therapy education for acute and chronic pain

The Power of Education
and Self-Care

Education and self-management play a crucial role in chronic pain management. Our physical therapists educate patients about pain mechanisms, proper body mechanics, ergonomics, and lifestyle modifications that can help manage pain levels. They may also teach relaxation techniques, stress management strategies, and provide guidance on activity pacing and energy conservation.

Manage Your Pain with Montalto Physical Therapy

Overall, Montalto Physical Therapy provides a holistic approach to managing acute and chronic pain. By combining various therapeutic interventions, our physical therapists aim to reduce pain, improve physical function, enhance overall well-being, and empower our patients to actively participate in their recovery. Through personalized treatment plans and ongoing support, physical therapy can be instrumental in helping individuals regain control of their lives despite pain conditions.

Performing physical therapy on woman's shoulder

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