Why does pain persist?

We are often asked in clinic about pain and in particular why it persists?  

Here are a few facts and a video to help explain this?

– Chronic, persistent or long-term pain is pain continuing beyond 3 months or after healing is complete.

– It affects adults and children, it may arise from tissue damage or inflammation or have no identified cause. It can affect a specific body area (e.g. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, low back pain (LBP), pelvic pain) or be widespread (e.g. fibromyalgia). Chronic pain is a complex condition with physical, social and psychological components, which can lead to disability, loss of independence and poor quality of life (QoL).

– Pain is the second most common reason for claiming incapacity benefit, costing £3.8 billion annually.

– £584 million a year is spent on prescriptions for pain.

Pain scientists are now making breakthroughs in ways of dealing with pain and how to help you understand your pain. The following video helps describe this in a little more detail.  It is produced by Professor Lorimer Moseley, a pain scientist.

The key points are:

– Pain is not an accurate measure of tissue health.

– Pain is a protector.

– The body can learn pain

In summary, it is time to take a new approach to dealing with your pain.  This is something physiotherapy can help with.  Here at The Physiotherapy Academy we have physiotherapists waiting to help you ‘tame the beast’ and take control of your pain again, by retraining your pain system.

If you are asking yourself or want to ask a health professional:

- How do I know if my pain system is being overprotective?

-How do I retrain my pain system to be less protective?

- How do I know if i’m safe to move?

Then call today to book an appointment and we will be happy to help you. 01702 521042 (Southend Clinic) / 01245 254069 (Chelmsford Clinic) or email info@physioacademy.co.uk.


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