Health care providers are always asking about pain. They want you to rate what you feel, know what kind you’re having, and sometimes all that questioning can get to be a pain!
Well, just a heads up, we here at LB Hand Therapy will ask you about your pain as well. Therefore, in today’s blog we wanted to give you some insight as to why we’re always asking about it!
We use descriptions to help us diagnose and form a treatment plan. Paying attention to your pain before, during, and after therapy is important. Your therapist will want to know the specifics of your pain.
What Specifics Will Your Therapist Want to Know?
This may be the most important descriptor. Telling your therapist, “My whole hand hurts,” is not nearly as useful as pointing the painful areas out.
Type of Pain:
Different types mean different things:
- Stabbing pain is usually associated with movement along a tendon or muscle because it has a clear starting and stopping point.
- Aching pain usually is coming out of a joint issue.
- Burning pain is usually nerve pain and can alert you and your therapist there may be a nerve issue going on.
- Throbbing is typically associated with swelling. Your compression garment may be too tight and you feel your hand throbbing. You may need to loosen or remove the garment temporarily.
So now you know how very useful your pain descriptors are! As troublesome as it can be, it can help your therapist find a solution faster because we can interpret what your specific type of pain means, then begin the recovery process.