Rehabilitation: Types, Benefits, and Techniques

Rehabilitation is the process of restoring function after injury, medical procedures or illness. Having guidance through this process can lead to better outcomes than just trying to work out what to do on your own.

Rehabilitation for Patients with Chronic Pain
Pain is defined as “chronic” when it persists beyond the normal period of tissue healing, or about 3 months. Chronic pain often results in the sensitisation of your nervous system and can have a huge impact on your entire body, mind and quality of life. Pain that persists for longer than expected can affect your:

  • Posture
  • Strength, especially of your core (trunk) muscles
  • Balance and mobility
  • Flexibility
  • Fitness
  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Weight
  • Ability to work, socialise and enjoy life
  • Ensuring that you have access to the right rehabilitation services can assist in all of these areas. Even if your pain has largely resolved through medical treatment, some of the underlying problems can remain and are best addressed while your pain is more under control. Many pain-relieving procedures or medications provide a window of opportunity to focus on rehab and re-engaging in life – they are not necessarily a cure on their own.

    Jo Rankin, MSK’s Rehabilitation Coordinator
    Jo can empower you to use your time wisely to help prevent future recurrence of pain. At MSK Pain we see you as more than a sore back or a painful shoulder – we look at the whole person and strive for the best overall outcomes.

    With her extensive experience in physiotherapy and rehabilitation, as well as a Masters Degree in Pain Management, Jo is well-placed to:

  • Assess your current situation through interview and physical assessment
  • Review any previous or current rehabilitation you have been involved in and determine its effectiveness
  • Provide education and advice
  • Answer your questions
  • Determine and help set your health goals
  • Communicate with your current treaters (if any) and ensure they have the most up to date information on your condition
  • Where appropriate, refer you to a Physiotherapist, Psychologist, Exercise Physiologist, Dietitian or other appropriate therapist. We continue to develop our list of preferred providers, and will direct you to the person we believe will deliver the best care in the closest location to your home
  • Review you at a later date in many instances, to check on your progress and assist with ongoing treatment options
  • The best outcomes are achieved when you are actively involved in your rehabilitation. Passive treatments such as massage and heat packs may provide temporary relief, but evidence shows that an active, exercise-based approach is far superior in the long run. Combining the right exercise with the appropriate care of your mental, emotional and social needs is vital.