Everyone experiences pain at some point in their life, whether it be the pain created by a paper cut, a sprained ankle, a broken bone or other health difficulties. What we know, is that pain is designed to protect us, to act as an alarm or warning system.
This is considered helpful with new, or what is often termed ‘acute’ pain. The alarm system, level of protection and pain is often deemed appropriate and useful. Acute pain is often associated with tissue damage, and is expected to get better within 12 weeks.
However, many individuals can experience pain that lasts longer than the expected duration. The pain that persists longer than 12 weeks is often termed ‘persistent’ or ‘chronic’. The pain experienced does not always reflect the state of the tissues and is no longer indicative of tissue damage. Persistent, longer term pain is often associated with an individual’s alarm or warning system not switching off, often becoming more sensitive and ‘over-protective’, resulting in increased levels of pain.
Experiencing persistent pain can have a significant impact on an individual’s life, impacting on their physical, emotional and social well-being. This may prevent an individual being able to engage in meaningful, pleasurable activities. At Retraining Pain, the team of specialist pain clinicians can help reduce the impact the persistent pain has on your life, regain self-confidence and the ability to engage in meaningful activities and help you take back the reins.