Overview of Exercise and Chronic Pain
It may seem hard to believe but exercise and physical activity may be beneficial at alleviating chronic pain. When the human body does not receive adequate amounts of exercise, it becomes out of shape, leading to muscles losing strength and joints becoming stiff. Chronic pain can then become worse since the body is not functioning as it should. Dr. Kenneth Fults and Dr. Janine Islam, pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler located in Tyler, Texas, commonly prescribe exercise and increased physical activity for patients suffering from chronic pain.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is characterized as pain that lasts longer than six months. The pain can be mild to severe, a simple inconvenience to debilitating. The most common causes of chronic pain stem from headaches, joint pain, backaches, an old injury, tendonitis and generalized nerve pain.
The emotional toll of chronic pain can be as devastating as the physical toll. Many chronic pain sufferers experience anxiety, stress, anger and depression. Because of this, it is very important a pain physician diagnoses the cause of pain and begins a pain management treatment immediately.
Can Exercise Help Chronic Pain?
Pain medications and physical therapy are well-known chronic pain treatments, but exercise may be beneficial to certain patients. Our pain physicians commonly prescribe additional physical activity as part of a chronic pain treatment plan. Exercise can help chronic pain sufferers by:
- Keeping the joints mobile
- Keeping the muscles strong
- Keeping the brain sharp
- Reducing the chance of obesity
Dr. Fults and Dr. Islam will help each patient select the proper form of exercise based on chronic pain level, location of pain and overall health. Walking, swimming, strength training, yoga and stretching can be effective forms, as well as everyday activities such as gardening, cleaning the house and playing with kids and/or pets.
For additional resources on how exercise can help alleviate chronic pain, please contact the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler located in Tyler, Texas.