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Chronic Pain

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Chronic Pain is typically stemming from an unpleasant sensation in the bones, muscles, ligaments or tendons.

Pain is a normal reaction to a potential injury that provides an early warning to the brain. It brings awareness to the brain, that the body is in danger of being injured or has been injured. Normal feelings of pain after an injury will dissipate gradually as the injury heals and do not usually last more than three months.

To be considered "chronic" pain, it is normally pain that lasts longer than three to six months. Chronic pain may also be described as pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing.

The pain can be constant or intermittent. It can also vary in intensity throughout the day. Certain activities or movements may aggravate or irritate the injured area. Chronic pain may be as a result of an injury, an accident, a surgery, or possibly stem from a disease process such as arthritis. This is known as Musculoskeletal Pain.

Pain can be quite a complex problem and there may be many factors that contribute to how one particular person responds to the specific pain that they are dealing with. How people manage their chronic pain can vary widely from person to person.

Sometimes the cause of lingering pain is not known. Chronic pain can also result from an abnormal processing of pain. This is when the original injury or cause of pain is resolved (healed) but the body's warning system has failed to shut-off. This becomes an issue of "pain processing" from the body and the brain, as the warning signals are still firing, even after the healing is complete. This is known as Neuropathic Pain.

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