The presence of pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek help from a healthcare professional. National research shows that chronic pain, defined as pain lasting longer than 3 months, affects roughly 100 million American citizens.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is “high-quality evidence” that treatments provided by physical therapists (PTs) are especially effective at reducing pain and improving function in cases of low back pain, fibromyalgia, and hip and knee osteoarthritis. Additionally, a number of studies show the efficacy of physical therapy interventions in preventing, minimizing, and, in some cases, eliminating pain in patients post-surgery, in patients with cancer, and in other clinical scenarios.
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