Playing with pain can adversely effect your health, game

Jill-PhelanEveryone at one point in time has had a day in which they suffer pain, whether it be “tweaking” your back golfing, recovering from a recent knee replacement or stubbing your toe on the coffee table. Pain is natural and normal. It is your body’s way of alerting you to either actual or potential risk of tissue damage. Pain can be intermittent or constant, mild or debilitating, slightly annoying or completely crippling. So when does pain become an acute response to an adverse stimuli and transform into a long lasting, persistent issue? Pain becomes a problem when symptoms remain unchanged despite failed intervention tactics, persists longer than expected tissue healing time and ultimately begins to effect and alter one’s lifestyle and function.

Pain is an “output” and requires interpretation of the brain to be perceived. First, possible tissue injury must be signaled up the chain of the central nervous system to the brain to be identified. Peripheral sensitization then occurs, going into “protection mode,” causing your body to be heightened in it’s response to stimuli. Lastly, the brain assesses the threat level and begins to diminish the signal with time. When it comes to chronic pain, there tends to be altered sensory processing in the brain with malfunctioning of descending pathways. Meaning the signal does not begin to become reduced in a timely fashion and pain continues.

There are three main types of pain: nociceptive, peripheral neurogenic and central sensitivity. Nociceptive pain is localized to an area of injury, with clear aggravating and easing factors such as when you sprain your ankle. Peripheral neurogenic is associated with history or evidence of nerve injury or pathology. It can be provoked with certain movement testing and follows a nerve root pattern, as with carpal tunnel. Central sensitivity is identified as error in processing or output related. With central sensitivity, there tends to be a variable quality of pain, fear avoidance with certain activities, possible onset of anxiety and/or depression and pain can often be perceived as uncontrollable.

Based on an individual’s pain presentation, physical therapists can trial multiple approaches in attempt to  reduce and hopefully abolish one’s pain so that he or she can complete his or her normal daily activities, return to recreational sports or hobbies or sleep more comfortably with less irritability. Whether it be pain management modalities (ice, heat, phonophoresis, electrical stimulation), exercise and activity modification or manual therapy techniques, patients can also benefit from education to further understand the biology behind pain that culminates in four main concepts:

(1) Pain does not provide a measure of the state of the tissue
(2) Pain can be modulated by many factors across many domains, not just physical sources. Stress and outside environmental factors play a big role too!
(3) The relationship between tissue state and pain becomes weaker as pain persists.
(4) Pain does not always mean there is tissue damage.

Every individual is different as is their pain. We as  physical therapists at Professional Rehabilitation Services treat each and every patient with an impairment based approach, meaning the focus of each patient’s care is centered around their own specific limitations and restricitions.

So if you or someone you know is having musculoskeletal pain and would like to know more about physical therapy options for chronic pain, seek the consultation of a physical therapist at one of our four locations or see your physician for a referral to one of our facilities. For further information on this or other related topics you can contact Richard A. Owens, PT, MS, OCS, Cert. SMT, CWcHP and Jill Phelan, DPT (Surfside) (843) 831-0163, Richard DeFalco, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CWcHP (Myrtle Beach) (843) 839-1300, Kristin Lies, DPT (Murrells Inlet) (843) 314-3224 or Brian P. Kinmartin PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, STC, CWcHP, and Nathan Watts, DPT (Pawleys Island) (843) 235-0200, or visit our website at www.prsrehabservices.com where you can learn more about the company and even download a referral form for your physician to fill out. You can also call and schedule a free 15-minute consultation.

MB Track and Field Club makes big season debut

MB Track and Field Club makes big season debutEighteen members of the Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club [more]

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournament

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournamentA two hour and five minute-lightning delay nor two Appalachian [more]

Clemson hammers Coastal with early offensive barrage

Clemson hammers Coastal with early offensive barrageSimilar to the two teams' first meeting back on March [more]

Seahawks claim state title in tribute to late coach

Seahawks claim state title in tribute to late coach John Ed Cahill queued up an old voicemail from his [more]

MB golf team flying high, riding ties to state tourney

MB golf team flying high, riding ties to state tourneyThe Myrtle Beach High boys golf team is tying its [more]

Lynch-inspired Seahawks advance to 4A state final

Lynch-inspired Seahawks advance to 4A state finalLL Coach. The somewhat cryptic rallying cry (Long Live Coach) was [more]

Soccer: MB, Socastee fall in lower state semifinals

Soccer: MB, Socastee fall in lower state semifinalsMyrtle Beach’s season came down to about three minutes. In that [more]

South Aiken stops Lady Seahawks state title run

South Aiken stops Lady Seahawks state title runThe closest thing to a blemish South Aiken had on [more]

Green Wave sinks Sharks in Lower State opener

Green Wave sinks Sharks in Lower State openerIn any other game, St. James coach Robbie Centracchio may [more]

Soccer: Braves, Seahawks reach Lower State semis

Soccer: Braves, Seahawks reach Lower State semisThe Socastee High boys soccer team crushed Cane Bay 5-0 [more]

Seahawks go from funeral to Lower State title match

Seahawks go from funeral to Lower State title matchEven after his death earlier this week, longtime Myrtle Beach [more]

Illing steps down as Socastee football coach

Illing steps down as Socastee football coachDoug Illing struggled with the emotions. He even fought himself trying [more]

Sharks top Swamp Foxes, reach lower state tourney

Sharks top Swamp Foxes, reach lower state tourneyIt took a little longer than St. James fans may [more]

CF girls fall in first round for season-ending defeat

CF girls fall in first round for season-ending defeatHeading into the playoffs, Carolina Forest’s girls soccer team hoped [more]

Seahawks draw inspiration from fallen coach Lynch

Seahawks draw inspiration from fallen coach Lynch John Edward Cahill III occasionally glanced at a spot at [more]

MB girls stun Hilton Head to reach Lower State semis

MB girls stun Hilton Head to reach Lower State semisFor all of the dominant results, all the blowouts and [more]

Seahawks lose legendary tennis coach, mentor Lynch

Seahawks lose legendary tennis coach, mentor LynchCookie Goings was barely a teenager, an eighth grader running [more]

Local club hosts another solid Coast Spring Classic

Local club hosts another solid Coast Spring ClassicMore than 400 teams from six states completed in the [more]

Renfrow claims NFL dream as Raiders' fifth-round pick

Renfrow claims NFL dream as Raiders' fifth-round pickFormer Socastee High and Clemson standout Hunter Renfrow was selected [more]

Lady Panthers charge into playoffs as region champs

Lady Panthers charge into playoffs as region champsWhen Katie Kulick drove the ball past the West Florence [more]

Chants rally in 10th inning to knock off Georgia State

Chants rally in 10th inning to knock off Georgia StateThe relentless Chanticleers scored a run in each of the [more]

MB Track and Field Club welcomes kids for 2019

MB Track and Field Club welcomes kids for 2019The Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club will host open [more]

Sharks shake away playoff jitters to dominate opener

Sharks shake away playoff jitters to dominate openerTwo errors, two wild pitches and two runs. And that was [more]

Baseball playoff success requires road toughness

Baseball playoff success requires road toughnessJoey Worley has been around just long enough to start [more]

Chants split wild twinbill, visit Tar Heels on Tuesday

Chants split wild twinbill, visit Tar Heels on TuesdayCoastal Carolina baseball split Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference doubleheader with [more]

MB Track and Field Club makes big season debut

MB Track and Field Club makes big season debutEighteen members of the Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club [more]

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournament

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournamentA two hour and five minute-lightning delay nor two Appalachian [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach