The Many Faces of Pain
“The amount of pain you experience does not necessarily relate to the amount of tissue damage you have sustained”
This idea is important to keep in mind as all too often we are lead to believe (often because healthcare providers unknowingly misinform patients) that pain is always an indicator of injury. The problem with this thinking is that:
1️⃣ It has been shown to be incorrect (we can have horrible pain without having an injury and vice versa)
2️⃣Thinking this way tends to lead to the utilization of more invasive procedures like surgery that are often ineffective for many chronic pain conditions.
In reality, pain is your brain’s response to feeling threatened. Sometimes this is associated with injury and sometimes it is not. In some cases, pain is almost entirely driven by stress, fear and a person’s thoughts. Keeping this in mind, it is important to seek out practitioners who approach pain from a whole-person, BioPsychoSocial framework and utilize low-risk, minimally invasive interventions as their first line of care. In most cases, musculoskeletal pain will resolve with time, guided movement and being able to talk with a practitioner who does more listening than talking.