National Pain Week 2022 was held from July 24th to July 31st. It is a week that aims to raise awareness about chronic pain and the debilitating affect it can have on ones life!
Chronic pain by definition, is long lasting discomfort that has been present for greater the 6 months without much respite. That is not too say that some acute injuries or surgeries take longer to get over,as they can. Chronic pain emerges in 100’s of conditions, but generally we can classify them into the broad categories of nociceptive, neuropathic or nociplastic pain. You can also have a mix of these!
Nociceptive pain is generally associated with tissue damage or potential/perceived damage. This is when the pain sensors on nerve endings are sensitized or excited in response to the damage. E.g. Osteoarthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, pelvic pain, etc.
Neuropathic pain is pain associated with injury or disease of nerve tissue. E.g. Sciatica, Radiculopathy, etc.
Nociplastic pain has no clear evidence of actual damage and may reflect changes in nervous and immune function e.g. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), Fibromyalgia, etc.
As exercise physiologists, we use a Biopsychosocial approach to treating and managing chronic pain. It is essential that we develop goals with you, create a pain management plan with a caring team, ensure you are educating yourself on chronic pain, improving your self-management skills and reviewing/modifying along the way. This will ensure a successful outcome!
Unfortunately, chronic pain affects over 3.6 million Australians and is the leading cause of disability. It cost us 140 billion in 2018 and is expected to increase to $215 billion by 2050. 1 in 5 Australians live with chronic pain. Only 1 in 100 Australians living with chronic pain can access multidisciplinary care. We want to ensure these statistics change for the better!
Below are some resources on chronic pain. Click on the links to find out more. Also, if you look up Lorimer Moseley and David Butler, you will find a plethora of resources and knowledge on chronic pain. These guys are a GOATS in this area.
As always, sing out if you need a hand 🙂
Mysterious Science of Pain
Chronic Pain Australia