UP TO 80 PER CENT OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH PERSISTENT PAIN ARE MISSING OUT ON TREATMENT THAT COULD IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE.
WHAT IS ONGOING PAIN?
DO YOU SUFFER FROM ONGOING PAIN ? DOES THIS LIMIT YOUR LIFE ON A DAILY BASIS?
Ongoing pain is a pain that is persistent in nature. Generally, the causes often remain poorly understood and the pain may be difficult to control.
Ongoing pain can range from mild to excruciating, may be episodic or continuous, and one may find it tolerable or totally incapacitating.
Living with ongoing pain can severely limit one’s ability to carry out daily tasks, and in some cases even affect self-care.
CAUSES OF ONGOING PAIN
There are many causes of ongoing pain, and these may include chronic illnesses and diseases, damages to nerves and injuries that have failed to heal properly.
In the normal healing process, as the damaged tissue repairs and regenerates, and the inflammation and swelling will subside with a resultant pain relief.
If pain from tissue damage does not resolve and persists for more than three months, the pain is deemed chronic and termed as an ongoing pain. The causes of the pain may have ceased but the pain may then become a condition in itself.
WHY TREAT ONGOING PAIN
As ongoing pain persists, the condition may become increasingly difficult and challenging to manage. The pain may result in varying degrees of discomfort and functional limitation, and impinge severely on the quality of life.
The psychological and social effects of living with ongoing pain can be as debilitating, and can impact on families, communities and even career.
It is important to prevent pain from transiting to persistent, ongoing pain with the early effective treatment of common conditions.
COMMON FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO ONGOING PAIN
PAIN & SWELLING
Pain and inflammation are often associated. Prolonged inflammation can cause the sensation of pain to become exaggerated. Inflamed tissue may become so sensitive and tender that even a gentle touch may cause pain.
Treating inflammation is an effective means of disrupting with this pain hyper-sensitisation process.
Ageing process can be a factor in the healing process.
With advancing age, damaged and injured tissues tend to heal and repair slower. The repaired tissues may be less resilient and robust. This may result in repaired but weaker injured parts, and these may be more vulnerable to further injuries and developing ongoing pain.
This means that the early, effective treatment of common conditions and pain is even more critical with ageing population.
PRONE TO CHRONIC PAIN
In addition to unavoidable age-related changes, another recognised major contributing factor is physical inactivity.
Inactivity can lead to weight gain and loss of muscle conditioning. It may also heighten pain sensitisation and exaggerated response to even low-intensity stimuli to muscle and joints.
Performing regular physical activity can help lower the risk of disability and chronic disease.