Understanding Chronic Pain
Most of us think of pain as a result of an injury or disease. We expect it to go away once we have medical treatment or the injury heals. For many people, this is the case. However for others, the pain doesn’t go away. It is possible that you can have pain even without an injury or obvious body damage. This ongoing type of pain is called chronic pain. It is estimated that one in three Australians live with chronic pain.
Acute or chronic pain – what’s the difference?
Acute pain is usually short-term and is more associated with damage to the body, and will usually go away after healing. Acute pain is a very important alarm system – it alerts us that some action is needed.
Chronic pain lasts longer, beyond the time you would expect an injury to heal. Chronic pain often does not indicate ongoing damage in our body – it’s like the alarm has been left on and someone’s turned the volume up. The pain is less to do with an injury to body tissue and more to do with what’s happening in our nervous system. Our nervous system can become sensitised and overactive, so that we continue to feel pain, even without any ongoing tissue damage.
Everyone’s experience of pain is different. Two people with the same injury, such as a sprained ankle, can have a very different pain experience.
Because chronic pain is complex, there is no ‘one size fits all’ way of treating it. To be successful pain managers, we may have to use a combination of things. Over time, you can turn down the volume of your pain.
Once we have obtained a diagnosis of your condition we are able to formulate an individualised treatment plan. We don’t offer a one size fits all treatment solution.
Depending upon individual circumstances one or multiple treatment options may be undertaken to offer you the best possible outcome.
Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT)
Low Level Laser Therapy
Stretching and exercises
Healthy feet provide the foundations for a healthy body and an active life!
Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. Accredited Podiatrist.