Physical Therapy Pain Quizzes
Physical therapy pain quizzes offer an effective way to assess your discomfort and how it may be impacting your daily activities. This data helps your therapist craft a tailored plan of care that meets both your individual needs and objectives.
Generally, pain is due to injury or tissue damage. But this may not always be the case; your therapist can determine if there are other factors at play such as emotions, prior traumatic injuries and changes in the brain that could be contributing factors.
Pain can be classified as either acute (recently acquired) or chronic (longer term). Acute pain typically results from tissue injury or damage, while chronic discomfort tends to be less related to tissue injury or damage and more linked to factors like chronic inflammation, nerve sensitivity changes, prior traumatic injury and brain changes.
Your therapist may ask you to rate the intensity of your discomfort on a scale from 0 to 10. This information helps them pinpoint the source of your discomfort and create an effective plan of care that can reduce or eliminate it completely.
Numbness and tingling that radiates from the great toe to knee along anterior leg are among the most frequent symptoms. Other signs may include foot drop when walking and decreased sensation to pressure or touch.
Your patient’s x-ray reveals an L5 vertebra that is displaced anteriorly on the sacrum, known as spondylolisthesis. To treat this condition, begin a stretching program for them that emphasizes ankle flexion and extension with progressive increases in intensity as tolerated.
A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen is the most beneficial choice. Not only is this medication secure to take, but it provides fast relief from many types of discomfort.
How does a spinal cord cut affect the nerve pathways that transmit pain to our lower extremities?
The spinal cord contains an intricate network of sensory afferent fibers which decussate. Primarily, adrenergic receptors control these pain pathways in this area.
Which of the following is THE MOST important consideration when treating your patient’s pain?
Your patient presents with severe back pain that does not respond well to opioid medications. Your physical therapist wants to initiate a treatment plan that will reduce the pain and improve functional ability. Which prescription drug would be most suitable?
Your patients with lumbar radiculopathy often struggle to adjust to the discomfort of their condition. Your physical therapist can suggest an exercise plan that helps them cope with pain and enhances their functional capabilities.