Chronic Pain

Today, I had another client come in today with lower back pain.  She told me she had sciatica symptoms.  She felt pain in her back initially however the pain that shoots down her legs is the most debilitating.  She feels like sometimes she can’t stand up all the way.  

Unfortunately for her, she’s been dealing with this for over half a decade.  The pain limits her from walking, standing long periods of time, and at this point she’s afraid to return to work as a nurse.  Nursing is a very active highly demanding physical job.  The fear is completely understandable and the fear is very rational.

Dealing with chronic pain can be life consuming, altering our lifestyles in ways that people without chronic pain do not realize.  I personally have had a ACL reconstruction on my R knee.  I went to months of prehab and even more months of rehab after surgery.  It still aggravates me to this day.  I realized that my knee hurt when I was walking for prolonged periods, or sitting for prolonged periods.  I never thought I’d be able to play soccer again so I would skip workouts.  I would avoid any activity that may cause pain.  I “knew” it would cause pain.

Recently, I came across an article on chronic pain and it helped enlighten my knowledge on the subject.  They found that the pain signal to the brain not only was coming from the source of pain BUT was also coming from memory.

Another article was showing how pain pathways from the source of pain may actually interfere with motor output.  This means that the pain is actually discoordinating muscles, which is going to lead to more pain.

Given these two thoughts, it makes sense why a client would need more than just strengthening to solve their problem.  The client needs solutions that address these other factors as well.  This is a common problem that needs to be addressed appropriately.

Dr. Mark Geise, PT, DPT

Email Quotes and Inclusion

Nam ac nibh metus, vitae ultrices nunc. Sed euismod, urna quis tempor pharetra, urna nisi blandit dolor, ac pharetra orci dolor quis tortor. Ut mollis ipsum ut metus vestibulum hendrerit. Proin dapibus rutrum diam vitae commodo. In in velit quis lectus viverra aliquet sit amet ut ante. Etiam porttitor sem nec neque facilisis nec adipiscing felis porttitor. Donec nisi nunc, luctus in porttitor at, placerat id libero. Phasellus dapibus loborti.

Nam ac nibh metus, vitae ultrices nunc. Sed euismod, urna quis tempor pharetra, urna nisi blandit dolor, ac pharetra orci dolor quis tortor.

You Tube Video Post Full-Width

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd gubergren, no sea takimata sanctus est Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, …