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Chronic Pain

Physiotherapy is an important part of a multidisciplinary treatment for chronic pain. Chronic pain can be difficult to understand; however, education is an important part of treatment. Physiotherapists focused in this area are skilled educators and have up-to-date knowledge of pathology and intervention strategies. Learn more about chronic pain below. If you’re looking for a clinic, go to find clinic or press the search icon in the menu.

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What is chronic pain and how can physiotherapy help?

Chronic pain is very complex and can be more appropriately defined and explained by visiting the links provided in this article.  

Most of us have experienced "acute pain". Acute pain tells us that our body is in danger and that we need to do something about it.  There is a strong correlation between acute pain and damaged tissue or a bodily injury.

Chronic pain can be seen as pain that persists, even when no tissue damage is present.  Pain is a complex experience which is generated by vast neurological networks connected with every region of our brain.  Chronic pain occurs when our body's 'wiring' changes to make these networks active under different contexts.  An excellent resource for anyone interested in pain is the book "Explain Pain" by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley.

Physiotherapists manage pain (both chronic and acute) on a daily basis.  Physio Roots aims to identify clinics that market themselves as being focused on treating chronic pain.  Therapists who focus their practice in chronic pain may use alternative techniques and may work on a multidisciplinary team.

Pain science is a rapidly growing field. For more information, please see the links provided in this article.  

This article is not intended to be a literature review. References to scientific evidence may be provided to substantiate some information; however, this may not always be the case. For more information regarding scientific evidence pertaining to a specific treatment or service, speak with your physiotherapist or contact your provincial physiotherapy college.
Last updated Aug 18, 2019