If you’re in pain, don’t ignore it. Pain is a signal from your body warning you that something is wrong. It’s an unpleasant experience that can motivate you to stop or change what you’re doing.

Pain that continues for more than three months is called long-term pain. This happens when pain is created in the nervous system, even after tissue has healed.

Pain can affect anyone of any age, and can influence your ability to sleep, focus, and generally live your life.


what are the Symptoms?

You may describe pain in many ways, such as burning, stinging, stabbing, sharp, aching, or you might just say, “It hurts!”

Pain can make you anxious, tired and depressed. It can:

• Come and go at any time and spread to more than one area
• Feel worse when you’re upset or when you think about it
• Make you feel afraid to live your life normally, which can result in moving less, which often makes pain worse.


How physio can help

Your physiotherapist will start by assessing your condition and will:

  • Ask about your symptoms
  • Ask about your overall health and fitness
  • Perform tests and movements to observe how your body functions
  • Ask about what you want to achieve with physiotherapy/ask about your goals

Based on their findings of your condition, your physiotherapist may help with symptom management and return to activity with any of the following treatment techniques:

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Posture training
  • Acupuncture
  • Manual therapy
  • Education

If you have multiple health issues that cause pain and severely impact your life, a physiotherapist can work with you and other health care professionals to optimize your mobility and alleviate your pain.
A physiotherapist’s goal is to help you recover or better manage your condition, so you can get back to doing what you love.


“My Pain Levels, Goals, and What I’ve Already Tried” Worksheet


This content was reviewed by the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association



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