The side effects of chronic pain

Long term pain, also known as chronic pain, is medically defined as pain that lasts more than three months. This includes constant pain and pain that may fluctuate, coming and going over time. Pain may occur anywhere in the body and may last months or years untreated. That’s why it is important to get pain seen to earlier rather than later by visiting Physio Connect in Auckland.

It interferes with daily life and can lead to depression and anxiety. The first step in treatment is to find and eliminate the cause. When this is not possible, the most effective approach is a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes. Constant irritation can affect the mental state of patients and result in life-changing ramifications. Sufferers often experience difficulty sleeping due to pain, which can lead to increased stress and exhaustion ultimately worsening their condition.

In some cases, such as in amputees suffering from phantom limb syndrome, persistent discomfort has been associated with severe depression. Other problems may include the development of certain cognitive problems. Those who are in pain constantly understandably have difficulty concentrating or being productive at work. These side effects wreak havoc in every aspect of their lives and lead to increased stress, potential relationship problems, and professional problems.

Where do people commonly have chronic pain?

  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Scar tissue pain
  • Nerve pain
  • The ongoing pain from cancer

To treat chronic pain, we first have to understand it. With an assessment, our physiotherapists can help you understand why you have pain in your joints, muscles and soft tissues. Many people experiencing pain believe relaxing and resting is a form of treatment, when in reality it is movement, stretching and exercise that can treat pain.

Some of the pain relief techniques we use at Physio Connect are:

We’ll put together a personalised treatment plan for each and every patient in order to offer the best treatment specific to you. Contact our expert staff at Physio Connect today to book an appointment with one of our highly-trained physiotherapists and fix your physiological issues.


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