Chronic Pain: a symptom or a disease?

Posted by Helen Potter on 12 June 2017 | Filed under Chronic Pain, In Touch Physiotherapy, Pain, Physiotherapy

 No-one should suffer from pain

As a Specialist Physiotherapist, my aim is to empower you with information on how to experience less pain, reduce your suffering, and regain an active life. As you have discovered, chronic pain is persistent and not something you can solve on your own. There are professionals who can work together to help you.

As you know, chronic pain is persistent and not something you can solve on your own. There are professionals who can work together to help you.

While recovery can take a while, you can achieve more working with an experienced professional who has a dynamic and caring approach

Physiotherapists now have in-depth training on a biopsychosocial management of pain. This means we look at all the factors that may be contributing to why you feel what you do. We analyse your story, assess your pain and movement patterns, and help you work to reach your goals. We will collaborate with your medical specialist and other allied health professionals if this will help.

As everyone’s experience of pain is different I need to understand how your pain is affecting you and what you believe your pain is caused by. Often our brains put emergency movement restrictions in action when pain and injury occur but then forget to cease these when the time for recovery has been reached.

The burden of chronic pain

In Australia, about 20% of the population experience the burden of chronic pain. This imposes major costs on the public health and financial economy. Despite recent research revealing more about pain’s origins and effective treatments, many people still live with chronic pain.  Chronic pain can occur at all stages of life from childhood to older age. 

Part of chronic pain’s mystery is that it is a subjective experience. What you feel is modified by your past experiences, the knowledge you have or find on Google, and your innermost beliefs and fears.

Treating Chronic Pain

As chronic pain is a multi-dimensional problem we use varied approaches to treat it.   

  1. Surgery, pharmacological, pain killers, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants and anti-epilepsy drugs.
  2. Self-management modalities
  3. Explaining pain
  4. Retraining brain-body movements
  5. Increasing function as pain reduces
  6. Treating depression, poor sleep and anxiety

Chronic pain facts:

About 80% of patients who seek treatment in a pain clinic get some improvement in some aspect of their pain. (Source: The University of Sydney)

           

For more information on pain – See www.painhealth.csse.uwa.edu.au/index.html 

                                                              – See Pain on www.InTouchPhysio.com.au

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