Presence St. Mary's Hospital


What is chronic pain?

Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. It’s normal for your body to send pain signals when you are injured or ill, but pain that lingers is not normal. If pain persists for three months or longer it is considered chronic pain.

You can also develop pain without illness or injury. This pain that appears out of the blue is also considered chronic pain.

It can occur anywhere in the body and can range from mild and annoying to pain so severe that it interferes with your mood and your ability to function normally.

Most common diagnoses:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Myofascial pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Post-traumatic pain
  • Headache
  • Neuropathic pain


How physical therapy can help

Regular therapeutic exercise will help you maintain the ability to move and function physically rather than becoming disabled by your chronic pain. It tackles the physical side of the inflammation, stiffness and soreness using exercise and manipulation. Through exercise your body produces its own natural pain relieving chemicals.


Physical therapy will use:

  • Manipulation of joints and bones
  • Manual therapy using hands on soft tissue


Movement therapy and exercise

The less you move, the more pain you will have. Our safe and therapeutic activity will teach you how to use exercise to accommodate your pain and the less pain you feel, the more you will able to function normally.

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