Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Chronic Pain and Exercise

Class

Article

College

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

Faculty Mentor

Sandra Sulzer

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

Chronic pain affects millions of Americans every year. It can be debilitating, affecting both physical and mental health. Popular treatments often consist of pharmacologicals, especially opioid-based medications, and abstaining from activities that increase pain. While the natural instinct to reduce pain is rest and relaxation, exercise has been proven by research to be an effective method of treatment. It combats inflammation, stabilizes the joints, and reduces fatigue. In addition, it helps combat the emotional struggles that come with chronic pain, such as depression and anxiety. Due to the variety of conditions that fall under the umbrella of chronic pain, there are no strict guidelines to exercise programs, but overall goals to be achieved. When designing an exercise treatment plan, the main goals are to: improve flexibility and strength, improve performance of endurance activities, reduce intensity of the pain, and to reduce pain-related disabilities. Supervision by trained professionals can minimize the risk of injury or overexertion and help patients make the most of exercise therapy. Patients who take this proactive approach to their treatment are more satisfied with their quality of life.

Location

Room 154

Start Date

4-12-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

4-12-2018 11:45 AM

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Chronic Pain and Exercise

Room 154

Chronic pain affects millions of Americans every year. It can be debilitating, affecting both physical and mental health. Popular treatments often consist of pharmacologicals, especially opioid-based medications, and abstaining from activities that increase pain. While the natural instinct to reduce pain is rest and relaxation, exercise has been proven by research to be an effective method of treatment. It combats inflammation, stabilizes the joints, and reduces fatigue. In addition, it helps combat the emotional struggles that come with chronic pain, such as depression and anxiety. Due to the variety of conditions that fall under the umbrella of chronic pain, there are no strict guidelines to exercise programs, but overall goals to be achieved. When designing an exercise treatment plan, the main goals are to: improve flexibility and strength, improve performance of endurance activities, reduce intensity of the pain, and to reduce pain-related disabilities. Supervision by trained professionals can minimize the risk of injury or overexertion and help patients make the most of exercise therapy. Patients who take this proactive approach to their treatment are more satisfied with their quality of life.