Pain that has existed for 6 to 12 months or longer is considered chronic pain. Many researchers specialize in the area of chronic pain, gradually adding to what we know about this difficult problem. We do know now that the brain itself, and how it perceives stimuli, changes in chronic pain states. In other words, the brain can interpret a light touch or pressure as being painful, which of course has unfortunate effects.
People with chronic pain often do not respond well to usual “hands-on” treatment. They need to keep active, but need to be careful to do the right exercise, the right amount to avoid nasty flare-ups. There are many new types of drugs besides the usual pain-killers which can be effective in chronic pain and are very important in the rehabilitation of chronic pain.
For an excellent and quick explanation on chronic pain and what to do about it, watch the Youtube video on chronic pain:
Understanding Pain: What to do about it in less than five minutes (Produced by GP Access and Hunter Integrated Pain Service)
At Dalkeith Physiotherapy we have Real-time ultrasound available for chronic back pain. This program allows you to see and activate your core muscles, which function differently than your “sit-up” muscles. They will help you to support your spine and can help avoid flare-ups. We can also advise on exercise programs to transition from injury to the gym and also assist in “pacing” and lifestyle modification.