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Long Standing Conditions

Sometimes, when acute injuries are not managed effectively, symptoms can turn ‘Chronic’ or ‘persistent’ in nature. Chronic pain is defined as pain that continues after the natural healing process should be complete or beyond 3 months and can lead to long-term physical, psychological and social problems, severely affecting an individual’s quality of life.

Physiotherapeutic management of chronic pain has to be centred on the patient’s needs and identify the reason for the lack of improvement or rehabilitation progression as early as possible as research tells us that 1 in 4 people who suffer with chronic pain will lose their job as a result of how persistent pain affects their life.

Physiotherapy is well researched to enable people with chronic conditions to remain in work and effectively self-manage their symptoms through advice, treatment and graded home exercise programmes. Having a sound knowledge of the evidence-based surrounding chronic pain and knowledge of the guidelines that support its management is an important aspect of treating symptoms and something we pride ourselves on at Sano Physiotherapy Ltd.

For example, the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines advise the following for the management of non-specific low back pain:

  • A structured and graded exercise programme that is tailored to the patients’ presentation and symptoms for up to a period of 12 weeks,
  • A course of ‘hands on’ manual therapy, including spinal manipulation and massage with a skilled therapist over a period of 12 weeks,
  • A course of acupuncture needling, comprising up to a maximum of 10 sessions over a period of 12 weeks.

At Sano Physiotherapy Ltd, all our therapists are skilled in manual therapy, joint mobilisations, manipulations and massage and are all trained in acupuncture which we can administer in any treatment session at the clinic. We also offer bespoke Pilates and exercise sessions on either a one-to-one basis or in small classes of 3. Following clinical protocols and advice like the above will certainly stand you in a better position to overcome long-term symptoms and empower you to manage chronic pain effectively.

If you have been suffering with any form of long-standing or persistent pain and want a professional and accurate diagnosis and bespoke treatment programme, please do not hesitate to get in contact and one of our experts will be happy to perform a thorough clinical assessment and provide a treatment programme to manage your condition.