There are some great new approaches in physiotherapy for chronic pain. First it is important that you read the section on this site about pain physiology. If you don't know this it will be hard for you to know whether your physiotherapist knows it. It is important that they do.
When you are choosing a physiotherapist here are some tips to explore.
- Are they specialised in chronic pain?
- Do they understand and use techniques aligned with neuroplasticity and chronic pain?
- Do they understand the research that shows that pain education is a must if physio is going to be helpful?
- Do they work closely with a psychologist who understands and treats people living with chronic pain?
This is from the Australian Physiotherapy Association ...
Physiotherapists play a critical role in assisting people to live with chronic pain. Physiotherapists work across the lifespan continuum assisting patients with their pain in primary care settings with the aim of diminishing pain, improving quality of life where possible and preventing acute and sub-acute painful conditions developing into chronic pain.
Physiotherapists working without the direct support of clinicians from other disciplines, can apply a biopsychosocial approach with interprofessional collaborate practices and facilitate the knowledge and skills necessary for people to self-manage their pain.
Physiotherapists with additional training and experience in pain sciences, work in rehabilitation centres, private clinics and tertiary pain services as part of multidisciplinary pain teams to assist people with complex chronic pain to improve their quality of life by increasing their level of activity and participation in their community. Providing information and support to family and significant others, the workplace and other healthcare providers is also an important physiotherapy role.