What is Chronic Pain?
Watch this short video to learn about the difference between acute and chronic pain.
- Humans have evolved to feel acute pain as a form of protection.
- Acute pain is what you feel when you burn your hand or break a bone; it needs time for healing and rehabilitation.
- Chronic pain is not caused by tissue damage or a break, and cannot be found by most medical investigations like blood tests or x-rays.
- Chronic pain is not just in your mind; it is very real.
- In chronic pain, your super sensitive nervous system sends pain signals to your brain, even though blood tests and x-rays are normal.
- There are many things you can do to manage your pain. Learning about how pain works it is a really good first step.
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