Annoying and Debilitating pain
Pain can be annoying and debilitating and most of us have felt pain from time to time in our lives particularly when injured via the body's response from specific nerves.
Pain is a very complex subject but often informs us that there is something wrong by activating the body's repair mechanisms. Consequently when healing takes place often the pain we had experienced reduces or may disappear completely. During rehabilitation we avoid movements that may cause or provoke our pain and injury. We are more than likely to reduce the likelihood of risks of developing future pain and injuries through injury risk assessments and preventative steps e.g. exercise rehabilitation and learning to pace our activities.
There are also times however when we still feel this pain after tissue healing has taken place and this is commonly referred to as persistent pain or chronic pain. This may be the result of the nerves becoming over-sensitised causing an abnormal painful response than normal when the nerves are triggered. In some cases this may not imply that we are doing ourselves harm by moving. I often describe this type of pain to patients similar to a hyper-sensitive car or house alarm such as when someone triggers the alarm in error by walking past.
Persistent pain for many individuals is an unpleasant and discomforting experience effecting 14 million people in the UK. Occasionally there are times when conventional medical interventions may not be enough or perhaps the patient may not respond well to it. In some cases this may require a different kind of approach and this is where we can offer support to patients along with family members and friends. By incorporating a multi-disciplined approach our aim is to help patients manage their pain (to avoid the risks of flare-ups) by setting realistic achievable goals to help the patient maintain a fulfilling lifestyle as possible.
For more information on how we can help you with your pain or have any concerns with a painful condition then please don't hesitate to get in touch.