Persistent Pain

Updated: Jul 8, 2021


Pain is universal feeling it’s important to recognise that all pain, whether acute or chronic, is all produced by the brain.


Acute pain is a result of tissue damage and during this time it is important to let the pain settle while staying active and tissue will to heal on its own, however it is important to get a medical opinion from your health practitioner.


Persistent pain occurs even after the tissue has healed and you may suffer chronic pain. Once anything sinister has been ruled out by a physiotherapist and tissue will heal within 3-6months. Pain experienced is due to increased sensitivity of the brain and nerves, instead of further damage the body. In other words, it’s more complex.


So how can Physiotherapy help?


To find out what might be contributing to your pain, we need to take a step back and consider everything that can influence the brain and nerves and their sensitivity.


Factors that influence the brain and nerves are:


Medications - Initially medications allow you to get going when combined with active rehabilitation. Pain relief should slowly be tapered and ceased as movement and function becomes easier.