Who gets tops in pain education? Your physiotherapist.
A recent survey of the education healthcare professionals receive prior to getting their license showed physiotherapists get the most education in pain among human health practitioners.
This survey, done across Canada, included medical schools and faculties that train nurses, dentists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, as well as veterinary medicine programs. Of the schools and faculties that could identify how much time was spend for pain teaching, dentistry spent 15 hours, 16 for medical doctors, 31 for nursing, 28 for occupational therapy, 13 for pharmacy and 41 for physical therapy1. Interestingly, veterinarians get the most training in pain at 87 hours.
So physiotherapists get more than twice the amount of pain education compared to doctors. They even get more than nurses, who have been well recognized for their compassion and understanding of people in pain.
So what does this mean for you?
A referral to a physiotherapist is about more than exercises to help you with rehabilitation after an injury or illness. They can also help with chronic pain. Their deep understanding of the interconnectivity of muscles, bones and all the things that attach these together allows them to develop treatments that not only strengthen and repair but manage pain.
At Our Clinic, the physiotherapist assesses your health condition and accesses innovative technologies that combine with traditional treatments to present individualized treatment programs. Through the integrated teamwork of a variety of Our Clinic healthcare professionals, the Our Clinic physiotherapist can also help your pain management with recommendations for complementary care and referrals to cannabis and compounded topical pain cream specialists.
Pain is complex. Chronic pain is generally more complex to treat than acute pain from an injury or illness. Get some help for your pain. For more information or to book an appointment to get started, visit Physiotherapy.
1A survey of prelicensure pain curricula in health science faculties in Canadian universities.Watt-Watson J, McGillion M, Hunter J, Choiniere M, Clark AJ, Dewar A, Johnston C, Lynch M, Morley-Forster P, Moulin D, Thie N, von Baeyer CL, Webber K Pain Res Manag. 2009 Nov-Dec; 14(6):439-44.