Pain explained in less than 5 minutes and what to do about it

Category: Neurology

Approximately one out of five people experience chronic pain, which is defined as pain that lasts longer than 3-6 months. While acute pain is a normal nervous system response that acts as the body’s way of alerting us to possible threat or injury, the chronic pain response is different in that the brain is continuing to produce a pain response even after a structural injury has likely healed. Chronic pain can range from mild to excruciating and can be episodic or continuous in nature. Either way, living with chronic pain is difficult, inconvenient, and inhibiting to our ability to perform our functional activities. Understanding an individual’s whole situation can help determine a treatment plan that works.