Are You Suffering From Chronic Pain?

Physical Therapy Can Put An End To Your Troubles

Do you have a chronic condition or illness that restricts your ability to live life comfortably?  If so, you are not alone in your struggle to find relief.

Discomfort doesn’t always get better on its own. Pain can continue for days, weeks, or even months for certain underlying conditions. If pain lasts for three months or longer, it is considered chronic.

Do not hesitate to contact our Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Dauphin, Shrewsbury, or Hershey, PA physical therapy office today if you have been dealing with pain that you can’t seem to shake. The answer you’ve been looking for could be physical therapy at Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy.

Our innovative care strategies will help you find rapid relief at Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy. Without the use of unnecessary drugs, we will set you up with a care plan that will handle your chronic pain the correct way.

What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?

Persistent suffering that lasts for 3-6 months or longer is chronic pain. There are many reasons why people can experience chronic pain, and seeking medical assistance is the most responsible thing to do about it.

Acute pain can be described as pain that goes away on its own in a few hours, days, or weeks. A mild ankle sprain can be an example of acute pain, since the pain may subside within a few days.

Both acute and chronic pain can greatly hinder your quality of life by limiting your mobility, creating a dependence on prescription drugs, or even causing anxiety and depression. However, this can all be avoided with the help of physical therapy.

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic injury, diabetes, anxiety, and feeling depressed are all things that can work together to cause your neurological system to constantly be on high alert.

Chronic pain can show its ugly head in the form of back pain, joint pain, nerve pain, or headaches. Many chronic pain conditions arise from a neurophysiological context. It often happens because of one of the following causes:


Certain diseases such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, shingles, neuropathy as a result of diabetes, can lead to chronic pain. These kinds of diseases may cause pain that can be alleviated or even eliminated in some cases through physical therapy treatments in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Dauphin, Shrewsbury, and Hershey, PA.

Invasive operations

Surgical treatment can be necessary to correct a structural problem, however, after surgery, you may find yourself having to compensate for the discomfort you feel in your movements.

Often, surgical operations are inevitable. Although they might be important to relieve some problems you face, the duration of rehabilitation may be just as painful.

Weeks, months, or even years of compensatory movement often causes additional pain after surgery if the movement is not corrected. Physical therapy offers post-surgical rehabilitation services that can help speed up recovery time, relieve pain, and reduce the risk of chronic pain in the future.

Pre-rehab, or “pre-hab,” as it has been called, is also a rehabilitation choice that has been shown to improve the outcome of the surgery. Prehab includes seeing a physical therapist before you ever have a surgical operation. It can boost the recovery outcome and accelerate the recovery process as a whole.

Overuse injuries

Overuse injuries are very common and can occur in any part of the body that is used repeatedly in your everyday life. For example, the way you stand, move, work, and exercise will take a toll on your body. If you are not using proper strategies, this results in overuse accidents.

This can result in damage to your joints and muscles, thus causing chronic pain. For example, if you perform heavy lifting at work many times a day, with improper techniques, this can lead to chronic back pain.

Physical therapy can help you learn how to maneuver your body correctly in your daily life in order to prevent overuse of injuries.

Work-related Incidents

Any accident or injury that you have can lead to chronic pain, whether in the car, the workplace or even in your own home.

According to the 2016 OSHA figures, about 2.9 out of every 100 workers are injured in the workplace. In addition, a report published in the Pain newspaper showed that 21% of people involved in motor vehicle incidents experienced widespread chronic pain in the weeks following their accident.

Chronic pain does not go away on its own, but it can with the help of a Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy physical therapist!

Physical therapists can lessen (or eliminate) your pain!

It’s easy to think that physical therapy is more work than it’s worth, particularly if you’ve never learned much about treatment. Physical therapy, however, may be the difference between a lifetime of pain and maintaining control over your life!

If your condition is limiting your life, our Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Dauphin, Shrewsbury, and Hershey, PA physical therapists will determine the best ways to treat it. One of the key purposes of physical therapy is pain management and the exploration of the root cause of pain to treat it, rather than masking symptoms with drugs.

We conduct physical tests at Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy to assess weak and vulnerable parts of the body, concentrate on positions with a restricted range of motion, and search for any imbalances in gait or balance.  All of these tests help our therapists to determine the root causes of your chronic pain.

When the assessment is finished, a physical therapist will formulate a recovery plan that is tailored to your individual needs. Your recovery plan will include both in-clinical and at-home therapies to ensure that you stay safe yet involved at all times.

Treatment plans will also include advanced, calming manual therapy methods to help restore soft tissue and joint mobility, pain-relieving modalities, and gentle targeted exercises to improve power.

There is no need to be scared of physical therapy. You’ve got so much to gain from recovery, so what’s holding you back?

Ready to get your life back to normal?

Our physical therapists are highly trained movement professionals who identify physical issues and address the underlying physiological causes of these problems.

Are you ready to take back your life? If so, Contact Us Today at Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Dauphin, Shrewsbury & Hershey, PA Centers to schedule an appointment. We’re going to help you beat your chronic pain so that you can get back to living comfortably.