What is Chronic Pain?

It is easy to understand why we have pain following an ‘acute’ problem from injuries involving sports, car accidents or infections or as you get older. In these circumstances we know where the pain is coming from and it is deemed only natural because of what has occurred. In addition, you can have peace of mind knowing the pain will fade in the time. It takes time to physically recover from the problem. What you put into the rehabilitation process you will get out in the form of pain reduction.

However chronic pain does not give this reassurance. It is a form of pain that generally lasts more than 3-6 months, or beyond the point of tissue healing (William Deardorff PhD, 2017). It could even last forever if the initial problem is incurable. The way the pain presents itself is also different for everyone.

Chronic pain may come and go, affect you continuously in everyday life, give you unbearable pain and agony and be a small annoyance but still present.

There are cases where acute injury or illness never properly heal and end up leading to chronic pain as an ‘after-effect’. An example would be a rotator cuff muscle injury (of the shoulder) that resulted in muscle tissue damage in some form.

Causes of Chronic Aches and Pain

  • Arthritis – a joint condition with degenerative and inflammatory side effects
  • Trigger points – known as ‘knots’- clumps of tight muscle tissue segments that arise from muscle overuse
  • Fibromyalgia – a form of widespread muscle pain and tenderness, often accompanied by fatigue, sleep interruptions as well as changes to memory and moods
  • Tissue fatigue – the overuse of e.g. muscle tissue that results in ongoing inflammation and strains
  • Bulging disks (also known as ‘herniated’ disc) and degenerative changes – changes in bone tissue that occur along the vertebrae of the spine
  • Musculoskeletal weakness or imbalance

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