Pain strategies work better when we are all using the same playbook.
Consistent messaging is essential. Some patients are expected to encounter pain with activity, yet the avoidance of activity will result in loss of function. Medicating prior to Therapy and assuring that the patient understands that reducing activity will result in loss of function, which is not a good outcome, are key strategies. It is critical that the patient understand that sometimes Therapy will be uncomfortable, and that the team will work hard to make sure that the patient is as comfortable as possible, while still making gains in Therapy.