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HOW TO DEAL WITH CHRONIC PAIN



Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than three months. With over 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain, there is a good chance you or someone you know is dealing with this potentially debilitating condition. Even with today's groundbreaking medical procedures, this epidemic seems to be on the rise as we live longer and put more stress on our bodies than we can handle.


In the physical therapy world, we rarely see patients unless they are having pain, keeping them from doing the activities they want to do. Between navigating the murky waters of insurance and waiting to get an appointment with your medical provider, patients end up getting frustrated. Unfortunately, many patients end up waiting so long before receiving the care they need, finding themselves on the cusp of being in chronic pain.


What makes chronic pain so difficult to deal with is how it affects every aspect of your life. As long as that piercing, stabbing, gnawing pain is present, you cannot get any satisfaction out of the usual activities you once did without a thought. Not only is your active life going to change, but your social life will take a hit as well. Being t