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Pain is one of the most common symptoms that may lead someone to seek the help of a physical therapist or other health care professional.
Pain is a completely individualized experience. We often use different terms to describe it, and it is hard to know if you feel pain the same way as your friends or family feel pain. Some people talk about having a high or low tolerance to pain, but because pain is such a subjective experience, science has not developed accurate ways to measure pain tolerance.
Currently, there are 2 ways your physical therapist may categorize your pain.
The most standard classification of pain is time-based:
The second classification is based on the likely triggering mechanism:
Once your condition has been diagnosed, your physical therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan to help address your pain. Because the mechanisms of pain vary, each approach to care will also vary. Physical therapy treatments may include: