Name the pain
Not everything is what it seems!
Accurate diagnosis and understanding of what is causing your pain will have a difference as to the type of treatment that best suits your problem and therefore how rapidly your condition progresses.
The degree of pain is not an accurate indicator of the type of underlying problem a patient is suffering.
The dysfunction pattern of movement that is considerable and palpable gives the most accurate diagnostic picture to work from.
Even after the trauma of whiplash if there is no structural damage, the joint muscular reach can be calmed by gentle treatment and function restored.
Where do you hurt?
Describing your pain
The person who can best describe their pain is you!
- Stabbing pain?
- Shooting pain?
- Dull ache?
- Constant nagging?
Your description also gives an indication as to how you feel about the pain.
Having a new severe pain or unaccustomed less severe pain can be quite worrying.
This is especially apparent when the reason for the pain is unknown to you.
Many problems reoccur in episodes over some months or years. Over time, the frequency of these episodes may increase and spur the sufferer to take action. It may be that each episode becomes more severe and lasts for an increasing amount of time.
Looking at the daily pattern of symptoms may give an indication that you require treatment, stretching exercises and some individual advice concerning seating posture, pillows or your bed, etc.
- Some people find that their problem is worst first in the morning with painful stiffness that is eased by activities during the day, but with pain returning towards the end of the day.
- Others find that they have no problem first thing in the morning, but that their problem gets worse gradually all day.
- Some individuals find their symptoms fluctuate during the day according to the types of activities they undertake.
- Many people suffer a low level of background ache for much of the day, which may occasionally exhibit sharper levels of pain dependent on the activity they undertake.
Few people find that their symptoms remain at a high-level for much of the day, and are even woken at night by their pain.
Pain and its affects on daily life
With long-standing muscular or joint pain and stiffness, it is very possible that your life style may become affected.
- Certain jobs around the house are put off.
- You may have to reduce your sporting activities for fear of injury.
- Your working day may become uncomfortable and less productive.
- The people around you begin to notice that your tolerance to the demands of daily life has reduced considerably.
- You may then begin to realise that it may be time to do something to try and improve your condition.
Undertaking treatment and following individually prescribed advice may not only reduce your symptoms but also have wider beneficial effects on your everyday home, work and recreational time.
Pain can affect your mood
Pain can play a large part in your mood.Suffering pain can certainly change your inner strength and alter the normal drives that allow you to meet the challenges of modern life.
Muscular and joint pain and stiffness can prevent you from participating in activities that are enjoyable as well as reducing the motivation and capacity for work and sports.
Localising your pain
Pain may occur at a particular point in the body, such as when you knock yourself on a hard object and develop a sore bruise, which lasts for several days.
A sudden twist to a knee can produce localised pain, swelling and redness over a ligament.
These types of problem may clear up in time with some prompt care and attention. Other pains may have their origins elsewhere, even though it appears that the pain you can point to is very real.
Muscular and joint pain can travel to apparently unconnected parts of the body as a result of deep muscular tension or nerve inflammation or tension. Acting promptly and taking the advice of a professional can reduce suffering and speed your recovery.
Sometimes the idea of seeking professional help throws up a lot of questions.
- Is it really bad enough?
- Will consulting somebody mean I will be told that I will have to give up my sport?
- Might it make me worse?
These are just some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for which there are answers!
The longer a condition remains untreated, the greater the difficulty you may find in describing accurately what the problem really is. This can be very frustrating.
Over a period of time, pain causes you to protect the parts of your body that hurt. This causes stiffness to develop gradually due to a change of muscle usage around the centre of pain.
As time goes by the stiffness may cause additional pain as well as spreading to other parts of your body causing new pains in areas that were apparently without problems.