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Different Heads of the Same Beast: Considering the Commonalities Between Chronic Pain and Obesity to Better Address Them

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Date Published

February 12, 2019


Ohio Physical Therapy Association


Chronic Pain, Exercise, Obesity


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It is painfully obvious- Obesity and chronic pain wreak havoc upon the health and well-being of far too many individuals in the United States and around the world. Both issues strip individuals of happiness, self-fulfillment, functional ability, and overall quality of life.

There is no disputing that obesity and chronic pain are multi-factorial problems with no guaranteed solutions. Two forms of treatment, however, have been shown to positively affect individuals suffering from obesity and chronic pain: education and exercise.

Physical therapists are skilled in educating individuals regarding healthy living and are able to deliberately utilize exercise and movement to help improve quality of life. Subsequently, physical therapists stand face to face with a challenging opportunity: being front line providers in the treatment of individuals suffering from obesity and chronic pain.

In this presentation, similarities in potential foundational causes of obesity and chronic pain will be discussed. The ability of physical therapy to address these foundational causes and to ultimately assist in the treatment of these burdensome diseases will be highlighted and elaborated upon.

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

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Different Heads of the Same Beast: Considering the Commonalities Between Chronic Pain and Obesity to Better Address Them - Video
Different Heads of the Same Beast: Considering the Commonalities Between Chronic Pain and Obesity to Better Address Them - Paper
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