A physiotherapist will assist you with understanding why you are experiencing pain in your joints, muscles, and soft tissues. Understanding pain will assist you in managing and overcoming it.
When you're in a lot of pain, you may just want to lie in bed with a hot bottle, paracetamol, and not move. Exercise and movement have been found in studies to be one of the most effective treatments for chronic pain. A physiotherapist can provide recommendations and administer a healthy fitness regimen based on your condition so that you will continue to move.
Acute and chronic pain
According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy :
Acute pain : short-term pains serve as a warning sign that something is wrong. Although most mild aches and pains are readily handled and soon ignored, others are a warning sign of something more serious that we should not ignore. The pain of a broken leg, for example, is helpful because it forces us to rest the leg until it heals.
Chronic pain is typically characterized as pain that lasts longer than the average time it takes for tissues to recover after an injury. Most soft tissue injuries recover within a few weeks, but others can take months to fully heal. If pain continues longer than 3-6 months, it is usually described by pain specialists as “chronic” or persistent pain. The causes of chronic pain are not necessarily clear, but in some cases, the pain is believed to be caused due to the pain signals through the nerve fibers becoming confused. The brain is thus unable to correctly interpret the signals.
- Common Chronic musculoskeletal pain
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Neuropathic pain (nerve pain)
- Rheumatoid arthritis