Why Does My Body Hurt?

“Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.”

 

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Acute Pain

Acute pain is sharp and often of sudden onset. It is a physiological response to the following stimuli:

  • Adverse chemical (e.g. infection and/or inflammation)
  • Thermal (burns)
  • Mechanical: Traumatic (e.g. ankle sprain)
  • Biomechanical (e.g. incorrect exercise techniques, poor posture, or overuse)

 

These stimuli are usually associated with:

  • Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Acute illness

 

  • Overload/stress
  • Where tissue damage and inflammation are involved.

Acute pain is self-limiting and usually resolves after a few days or a few weeks, however if aggravated or not addressed may develop into chronic pain.

 

TREATMENT:

Accurate assessment is essential and incorporates:

  • Emotional
  • Sensory
  • Physical components.

 

CHRONIC PAIN:

Chronic pain is pain that persists for more than 3 months. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months and sometimes years.

 

Chronic pain is generally associated with:

  • Muscle tension
  • Decreased mobility
  • Decreased energy
  • A change in appetite
  • Depression
  • Fear of re-injury
Examples are:

  • Headaches
  • Low backache
  • Pain due to past disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tendinopathy
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Cancer

 

 

How to Treat PAIN

  • Medication
  • Nerve blocks
  • Counselling
  • Physiotherapy:
  • Headaches
  • Low backache

 

  • Pain due to past disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tendinopathy
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Cancer

 

PAIN should not be ignored! It must be assessed and treated accordingly, as soon as possible. If you are experiencing any acute or chronic pain signs and symptoms, please feel free to contact us