When pain persists for more than three months it is referred to as chronic pain. In most cases, chronic pain is not caused by an injury (2). Over time your body has been able to repair the injury but your alarm system remains active. Your nervous system has become hypersensitive and the pain is no longer a reliable warning signal. This type of pain is not functional and no longer has a helping or protecting role.
As many as 19% of adult Europeans experience chronic pain throughout their life (4). Hence chronic pain can be considered a major health problem where adequate rehabilitation and follow-up care are of utmost importance.
In the following blogs within our Pain Blog series, we will go into more detail about the complexity of chronic pain, its potential impact on daily life and the latest scientific and in practice advice on how to manage pain
Do you experience chronic pain? We recommend seeing a physiotherapist that specializes in this area. Keen to know if there is one in your region? Contact us, we are always here to help near and far. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 016/58.04.14
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Author: Sarah Decanniere
Physiotherapist at Waves specialised in chronic pain
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