Relieving Pain through Physical Therapy

As we all know there are many easy ways to relieve pain. We too often reach for a pill instead of working out the pain. Our bodies are quite resilient and can bounce back from many injuries if we keep them moving.

Physical therapy is a means of moving your body toward recovery after a surgery or an accident. It can help reduce pain from natural joint deterioration, or from an autoimmune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or multiple sclerosis. Home health care puts a trained and licensed physical therapist right in your living room.

Consistent participation in a therapy program is essential for achieving recovery goals. Home health removes the roadblocks that prevent folks with transportation issues, or personal mobility limitations from maintaining a healthy physical therapy regimen.

A standard physical therapy plan might include:

  • Guided exercises

  • Instruction on proper use of stabilizing equipment

  • Proper transfer techniques

  • Massage, ultrasound, or heat/cold treatments

  • Proper techniques for stair climbing and traversing obstacles

October is the month to recognize the important work that Physical Therapists do and an opportunity to market your agency’s role in post-surgical patient recovery. Visit our TAG Web Store to stock up on your customized health care flyers promoting the physical therapy services your company provides.

Promote your Physical Therapy program:

  • Conduct a workshop for seniors to demonstrate how physical therapy programs can reduce arthritic pain, improve mobility, and promote independent living.

  • Host a lunch and learn for a local community organization (Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary) to educate people about the importance of moderate exercise as we age. Be sure to provide brochures about your agency and all of the health care services you can provide.

  • Highlight your physical therapy program at local youth sporting facilities or events, which grandparents frequently attend. Have your therapists Instruct young athletes on proper warm- up and stretching techniques to avoid injury. Handout marketing materials that tout the benefits of home health care, explain Medicare eligibility, and highlight your agency’s services.

Managing Cancer Pain

Cancer patients should never accept relentless pain as their new normal! All pain can be treated, and even if not totally alleviated, it can be minimized with a comprehensive pain management plan administered by a top-notch caregiving team.

A consistent high level of care is needed for a pain management plan to be effective. Home health and hospice teams provide just that. Home care nurses are trained to recognize tolerance changes that occur as cancer progresses. It can be hard for patients to describe their pain, but It’s important that they convey as much about it as possible. Pain is easier to treat at the onset, and staying in front of it is the key to controlling it.

Patients should participate in their pain management plan by documenting their pain:

  • Where is the pain?

  • Is the pain worse during the day or at night?

  • Rate the severity of the pain, on a scale from 1 to 10 where 10 is the worst.

  • How does the pain feel: sharp, shooting, achy, burning, throbbing?

  • What makes it feel better: ice, heat, exercise?

  • What makes it feel worse: lying, standing, walking?

  • Does the medicine help the pain?

  • How long before you feel any relief after taking the medicine?

Cancer pain can be the result of the cancer itself or of any number of treatments. It can range from dull to sharp, and intermittent to constant. While the severity of cancer pain can vary widely, the frequency of home health visits helps nurses identify unreported symptoms and spot the onset of new site pain before it becomes intense.

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, and educating patients about their disease and treatment options can be challenging, especially when they are still processing the news. Help your referral partners explain pain management and palliative care services to their new patients. Newly diagnosed patients who are informed about palliative care have an easier time embracing it as their disease progresses.

Always keep cancer care at the top of your marketing strategy but especially during September, National Pain Awareness Month. Highlight the benefits of in-home care for cancer patients with limited mobility, diminished immune systems, and sickness caused by treatments.

Visit TAGwebstore.com for home health and hospice patient education brochures and flyers, as well as referral building tools like our popular Guidelines for Hospice Admission Flip Chart.

Resources: cancer.org, cancernetwork.com