Pain is a signal from your body warning you something is wrong. It is an unpleasant experience to motivate you to stop or change what you are doing. You may describe pain in many ways, such as burning, stinging, sharp, aching, or you might just say, “it hurts!”
We call pain that continues for more than three months chronic pain. Chronic pain is a complex experience and it can be difficult to assess. There are many factors your physiotherapist will consider to help you manage your pain. Physiotherapists have many “tools in their kit” such as acupuncture, manual therapy, exercise, or relaxation techniques. Physiotherapists are also a part of pain management teams, working with other health care professionals to optimize your mobility and alleviate your pain.