Chronic pain is the way in which our brain warns us about a problem or threat to our well-being and health. This signal is supposed to appear when the threat such as body tissue damage is grave, but this condition often appears independent of any threat or it lasts longer than it should after the medical problem is already solved. This condition often occurs to patients that suffer from a trauma, fibromyalgia, diabetes mellitus, reflex sympathetic dystrophy and limb amputation, but the causes can vary greatly and any disorder can eventually lead to chronic pain. While some medical problems cause ongoing pain, because of their destructive nature, chronic pain is different, because it lasts even after the tissue heals. Everyone experiences chronic pain differently with a single exception: the pain is unbearable. While medication does little to help, people quickly becoming immune after taking it for some time, Ottawa physiotherapists provide efficient treatment that involves unobtrusive methods such as massage, acupuncture and exercises.


Acute vs. chronic pain


People often mistake acute pain for chronic pain, but there is a clear distinction between the two. While acute pain lasts a short period and it represents a normal warning that your body has received damage or helps us prevent injury, chronic pain lasts a longer period beyond the time necessary for healing. Acute pain will last up to ten weeks and it is a natural disease and threat detector. Sore feet will determine you change your shoes, the pain you feel touching a hot stove will help you remove your hand before you get burned and a sudden pain will make you seek the help of a doctor that can help you investigate the cause of the pain and discover your disease in time. Pain is a good thing in this case, but chronic pain is different, because it does not warn you about a real threat. This condition will also make you more inclined to feel pain, because it makes your nervous system and body more sensitive.


Can physiotherapy help?


Chronic pain greatly affects the quality of life of the sufferer, sometimes leading to loss of job, depression and disability.  After being diagnosed, chronic pain treatment always includes physiotherapy, because this is the only known long term treatment that provides results. Pain medication will lose its effect quickly, but the strengthening and flexibility exercises, massages and posture awareness will help you deal with this condition indefinitely.

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