1 in 5 Australians currently suffer from chronic pain. Pain becomes chronic when it lasts over 3 months, or longer than the expected healing time. Chronic pain can start as acute pain from an injury, illness, or surgery, but sometimes it has no clear cause.
Chronic pain is more complex than pain from a tissue injury or illness. It can be influenced by life circumstances. For example, chronic pain can become more intense, distressing or harder to manage during times of grief or stress. Conversely, positive mental health and connection with loved ones can bring on relief or respite from the pain.
Treating chronic pain may require a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals to address all of the contributing factors. These can include a GP, specialists (such as rheumatologists for arthritis), psychologists or psychiatrists for mental health considerations, dietitian to help you recognize food triggers or put together a diet plan for lifestyle changes, and manual therapists for musculoskeletal dysfunction to put together an exercise program. All of these professionals will communicate and work together to create an individualised management plan to provide the best possible outcome for you.
Do you want to take back control of your pain? Our Osteopaths can assess your symptoms, how they are impacting your quality of life and develop a treatment plan to help you manage your pain.
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