The 3 largest obstacles that could be standing in YOUR way to relieving your pain
Is something holding you back? Are you aware of what’s standing in your way?
We’re not talking about the LRT construction or the pandemic. We’re talking about the obstacles to finding answers to relieve your pain and regain your life.
Today, we’ll explain three of these obstacles:
- Why you need to know your condition
- What to know about suggested treatment methods
- How to be honest with yourself regarding your recovery
Obstacle 1: Not knowing the cause of your pain.
If we asked you what the cause of your pain was, would you be able to tell us?
Maybe you experienced an injury or maybe you woke up one morning with the pain and have had it ever since. Without an accurate assessment of what’s causing you pain, there is no safe way of knowing your options to heal and get back to normal.
You could search your symptoms online but with millions of internet searches regarding pain, the abundance of website results can be overwhelming. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack and who’s to even say you’ll find the correct diagnosis or just end up down a wormhole of all the reasons it’s probably cancer.
When considering treatment options for your pain, we can’t stress enough just how important it is to know what the actual cause of the pain is to find a treatment that will give you real results. Otherwise you risk treating the symptoms instead of the real problem. Or treating the wrong problem altogether.
Strategy: Get an assessment.
The pain is there, nagging at you day after day. It’s affecting your sleep, your relationships, your mood. Maybe it’s not that bad? Maybe it’s really bad? This can be a vicious cycle preventing you from starting a path to the pain-free life. Without an assessment, there’s no way of knowing what will and won’t work, how long the pain will affect your life, and the steps you need to take to recover.
Find courage and let your excuses be bygones. Make the appointment with your therapist, get an assessment, and begin your healing journey.
Before your assessment, consider tracking your pain in a daily journal. Record when and where the pain gets worse or better and rate it on a scale from 1 to 10.
Obstacle 2: Everyone has an answer on how to treat your pain but they are all different
Building on the first obstacle, knowing what you have in comparison to other successful pain treatments will help you determine if a certain course is right for you. We’ve all heard our friends and family share their latest hack, but are they qualified to give you that advice? What if it makes the pain worse? While your friends and family have good intentions, sadly, good intentions don’t always work.
There are conditions where specific movements, physical therapies, procedures or surgeries will be helpful, but not all of these are right for every condition. A muscular condition vs. a neurological condition will require different approaches. In fact, taking advice without knowing how it will affect your condition could make the pain worse!
Strategy: Know the details.
Knowing the actual cause of your pain and the details of your condition will help you determine whether the suggestions from your neighbor, family, friends, strangers on the internet, and even your therapist are the right option for you.
Don’t be afraid to ask about their track record: What conditions have they cured or alleviated? What is the success rate of a particular therapy or procedure for your specific issue? And if you don’t completely understand something, ask for clarification. There is power in knowledge and no shame in asking.
Obstacle 3: Are you being honest about your goals to overcome your pain?
We like to ask each client what they want to get out of treatment. The reason this is valuable is because your goals can impact which treatment plan would work best for you. While an amateur athlete and a grandmother may share a common pain, each person may have different goals for why they receive treatment. There are different roads to take for each condition. Knowing what you truly want to achieve and the time frame you hope to achieve that in helps to figure out what treatment method to ultimately pursue.
Strategy: Be honest with yourself.
Of course, the main goal is to be out of pain, but what would you like to be able to do when you get back to normal?
Maybe you just want to sleep at night, or maybe you want to go back to playing your favorite sport. Maybe you just want to be able to hold and cuddle with your grandkids. No wrong answers here! By being honest with yourself will give your therapist a clearer vision on how to treat your pain.
Living with pain is not easy.
Finding a therapist, getting an assessment, and receiving the information, treatment, and courage can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Understanding what’s in your way can help you strategize around those obstacles. Knowing the obstacles is the way to recovery, and we are here to support you at every step.
If you are unsure how what type of pain you have and how it should be treated, we encourage your to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 416-972-9355 and ask your question. Armed with this information, you can better decide what next steps to take to a pain free life.
Until next week,