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If you are suffering from a chronic pain condition, it is very likely that you have consulted a number of health care practitioners, probably received a variety of different diagnoses, and undergone many different treatments. You may have had surgery with limited relief; you may even have come to the conclusion that you need regular ‘fixes’ from certain practitioners for short term relief. The reason why you may still be suffering with persistent pain could be because you are still being treated like it is an acutely painful condition.
"Acute pain" and "chronic pain" are terms that don't mean the same thing. Simply put; acute pain means new pain, and chronic pain means “old” pain, lasting more than three months.
• Pain that lasts within a specified time frame for a given condition
• Serves a specific function, signaling potential tissue injury or damage
• Pain that persists beyond the time frame that normal healing would occur
• Rarely a sign of ongoing tissue damage and more often a case of an over-protective nervous system
Management for chronic (persistent/recurring) painful conditions should be treated differently to an acutely painful condition. Chronic pain rehabilitation should include an all encompassing, self empowering, scientific and honest approach to people suffering with chronic or persistent pain problems. Education and understanding are critical for you in overcoming your pain. Alan Keane Physiotherapy should be able to give you an answer to all of the following questions:
What is happening in my body?
• What are all the options for management?
• What can I do for it?
• Is there anything nasty which needs special attention?
• What do my physical findings, x-rays and scans really mean?
Rehabilitation strategies include:
• Pain science education
• Active coping strategies
• Educated movement – exploring and nudging the edges of pain
• Pacing and graded exposure
• Graded Motor Imagery GMI
Question: What might happen if somebody carries on treating a persistent, chronic pain problem as if it was an acute pain?
Chronic pain is currently defined as pain that persists beyond the time frame that normal healing would occur, and acute pain is defined as pain that lasts within a specified time frame for a given condition. While acute pain serves a specific function, signaling potential tissue injury or damage, chronic pain is rarely a sign of ongoing tissue damage and more often a case of an over-protective nervous system.
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