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Physical Therapy for Pain Management

  • Jason ZafereoEmail author
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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of the most common, evidence-based techniques and approaches used by physical therapists to evaluate and treat patients with pain. The first section on evaluation includes examination techniques, prognosis, and patient diagnosis/classification. The second section on treatment presents management strategies linked to a pain mechanism classification scheme of nociceptive, neuropathic, or nociplastic pain. Specific recommendations from clinical practice guidelines are included for the physical therapy management of spinal pain, lower extremity osteoarthritis, radiculopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and complex regional pain syndrome, type I.

Keywords

Physical therapy Pain rehabilitation Exercise Manual therapy Education Modalities Mechanism-based classification Evidence-based practice 

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  1. 1.Department of Physical TherapyUT Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA

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