Did you know that when pain persists it is usually not an accurate reflection of what is going on physically? Tissues heal but very often the brain continues to produce the pain. Sometimes for many months and years. Over time the volume of the pain may increase or even spread.
This video gives a nice, succinct explanation of the reasons why pain often persists in the absence of damage.
This painful experience can be very frightening. We take measures to avoid activities that will produce the pain and this fear and avoidance only serves to increase the pain.
Three Ways To Help People Overcome Persistent Pain
i) understand their pain and what it means
ii) give them tools to tackle the factors that may be causing the pain to persist
iii) help them develop a programme of activities that will enable them to become fitter and more active.