Pain ManagementThere is a better way to manage your pain
Persistent musculoskeletal pain is a major social and economic burden to the Australian population. It has been found that 90% of people will experience an episode of back pain in their lifetime and at any one point in time, one in five people will be currently experiencing back pain.
The current understanding of persistent pain recognises that pain is a complex condition which can involve various contributing factors including structural pathology, musculoskeletal factors, changes in the pain processing system and psychosocial factors such as stress, depression, anxiety, fear of further injury and resultant deconditioning.
The early recognition of signs which are associated with a longer recovery is an important part of managing an episode of pain.
Acute pain is defined as the first six weeks following a new injury. In 80% of cases, pain and resultant disability will resolve in this time period. However, 20% of people are likely to develop persistent pain. Click here to watch our video on the management of acute pain, and what you can do to optimise your recovery.
Chronic (or persistent pain) is defined as pain lasting longer than three months. It is also defined as pain which lasts longer than the expected healing time for a given injury. As mentioned above, chronic pain often involves a number of contributing factors resulting in the overall experience of pain.
At Axis, we have developed a series of educational videos to help you to understand the causes of chronic pain and how to effectively manage your condition. Research has found that simply having a better understanding of chronic pain can assist your recovery. Please click on Module 1 and continue to work your way through the four educational videos.