Appointments: 515-271-1700

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What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a complex problem requiring a comprehensive approach to its treatment. Pain is physiological, that is, tissues may be irritated, inflamed or damaged but is also emotional and psychological when one’s thoughts, beliefs and past experiences affect our perception of pain. Our physical therapists have received specialized training in the management and treatment of pain. Physical therapy is involved in chronic pain through evaluation of tissues involved, manual intervention, movement analysis, education and exercise.

How is chronic pain treated?

At DMU, patients will receive a comprehensive evaluation including a medical history, an interview discussing pain perception, functional assessment, and full body movement examination. Treatment will focus on the patient’s specific functional goals. Treatment may include aerobic activity, graded movement, stress reduction techniques, manual therapy and exercise. Patients will be educated on the pain experience, that is, what occurs in the tissues and brain with continuing pain. We understand pain affects every aspect of a patient’s life and control of pain is difficult. We work in conjunction with your other health care providers to help you achieve your goals.

Appointments 515-271-1717
Hours Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

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