No pain, no gain. Four simple words to simplify a profound meaning that sometimes is misunderstood. Throughout this blog, I would like to discuss why a physical therapist wants to understand your pain and to provide an easy reference guide identifying differences between soreness and pain.
To begin, pain is very personal. Only can each individual truly relate to the pain they are feeling. We all come from different upbringings, lifestyles, and experiences. Emotional and physical pain most definitely intertwine to compound symptoms. Not many or if any physical therapist could say that emotional and physical pain aren’t connected. They are. Most physical therapists are sensitive and compassionate to this realization.
What makes our job both challenging and rewarding, is that we get to help patients understand, “what is a good pain and what is a bad pain.”
Pain usually the front runner symptom that brings people to see physical therapists. Whether it’s pain from injury, chronic conditions, post-surgical, post-partum, exercise, overuse, neurological conditions, the list goes on and on. During an initial evaluation, a thorough exam is required both subjectively and objectively to determine the “type” of pain. Most of our history forms can dedicate a significant portion to pain as far as severity, description, and location. We want and need to how YOU as the patient describe your pain. Then we follow up with tests and measures to help us identify the causes of this pain.