Pain is one of the world’s largest health priorities. It is believed one in five adults suffer from pain, and 10% are newly diagnosed with chronic pain each year.
WHAT ARE EVERYDAY ACHES & PAINS?
Do you suffer from everyday aches and pains? Perhaps neck and shoulder, low back or knee pain? Are you left aching and sore after going about everyday tasks?
Muscle aches and pains are a common experience for most of us.
The onset of pain is unpleasant, causes discomfort and may be regarded as a kind of warning system.
It lets us know that something is not quite right with a part of our body.
CAUSES OF EVERYDAY ACHES & PAINS
Everyday aches and pains can be initiated by the unaccustomed use or over-stretching of muscles and other soft tissues. Illnesses and other conditions can also cause aches and pains.
If severe muscle pain is accompanied by swelling and limited movement, it may mean muscles, tendons or ligaments have been damaged or torn.
Other identifiable causes include infection or surgery. Sometimes it is difficult to know the cause of everyday aches and pains.
TREAT EVERYDAY ACHES & PAINS
If the pain is treated early and appropriately, it may quickly subside.
Effective treatments which address both the pain and the underlying condition can help you get back to active, increase levels of activity and enjoy life.
If not treated effectively, episodes of pain can keep coming back. This may lead to an increase in the frequency and intensity of the pain.
Severe pain that is not relieved can turn into severe, persistent and ongoing pain and have long-lasting effects.
Pain is Classified as
< 6 weeks
Pain immediately following injury, infection or surgery, of relatively short duration or less than six weeks.
(e.g. sprained ankle)
6 weeks – 3 months
Pain in progression to chronic pain, where this transition is preventable. It generally lasts anywhere from six weeks to three months.
> 3 Months
Constant daily pain for a period of three months or more, in the last six months – sometimes called ‘ongoing’ or ‘persistent’ pain.