Research has shown, acute pain is short term & tend to be more associated with damage or possible damage to tissue. In comparison, chronic pain lasts longer than acute pain and often does not indicate ongoing damage, even though it may feel like it.
“The amount of pain you experience does not necessarily relate to the amount of tissue damage you have sustained” Dr. Lorimer Moseley, PT, Ph.D.
This idea is important to always keep in the back of our minds. All too often we believe (often because healthcare providers unknowingly misinform us) that pain and injury are the same. The problem with this thinking is that:
1- It has been shown to be incorrect. We can have horrible pain without having an injury and vice versa.
2- Thinking this way tends to lead to more invasive procedures like surgery that are often ineffective for many chronic pain conditions.
The take-home message here is that pain is your brain’s response to feeling threatened. Sometimes this is associated with injury and sometimes it is not. In most cases, the pain will resolve with time and movement.
Find a therapist who approaches pain from a whole-person, BioPsychoSocial framework and utilizes low-risk, minimally invasive interventions before rushing into surgery.
Dublin Sports Injury Clinic is a physical therapy clinic based in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Patient education will be part of our treatment. We believe understanding the pain is essential for every individual for faster recovery. While we explain the how and why we perceive pain in a layman’s terms, we show you how to monitor your daily activity within a pain-free range of movement.
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Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. You can contact us if you would like to book an appointment or get some advice from our therapist.