Why Do We Have Pain?
We get asked this question a lot and over the years we have changed our opinion many times as this age old question is studied in the Scientific community.
- Pain is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong.
- It’s a protective mechanism to prevent injury or further injury to the body.
- However, just because you have pain does NOT necessarily mean a structure has been damaged. It just means your body is in protective mode.
We believe there are two types of injuries,
- traumatic injuries; a specific point where your body has experienced trauma like twisting your ankle and there is damage to ligaments, tendons, bone or muscle.
- The other is non-traumatic injury whereby the injury and pain and been building up over time. This type of injury means that one part of your body has been overcompensating, i.e., working too hard for another structure that has been under working.
This is most commonly seen in patients who sit at a desk all day and begin to experience neck or back pain. Because of the postures, more often than not the muscles at the front of the chest or hips are in a shortened position i.e. over -working, and the muscles in the back are lengthened i.e. under-working. This is further explained in our common injuries section.
The key message to take from this are
- Don’t panic or stress!
- Pain is an uncomfortable experience
- your body telling you something is wrong.
- 90% of people who come to us with low back pain do not have spinal damage; it has just been over-working and needs to be rebalanced by an experienced physiotherapist.
If the pain has not resolved significantly in 5 days then you need to see a physiotherapist as it is unlikely is will resolve fully at this stage if it hasnt already done so.
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