Chronic pain can affect anyone at any time and will affect each person in a different way. Defined as pain lasting more than three months, causes can include injuries, nerve damage, fibromyalgia arthritis, cancer, endometriosis, migraines or surgery.
Exercise is now widely recognised as a key treatment for chronic pain. Staying motivated when in pain can be very difficult but taking part in regular physical activities can help massively with pain management. Recommended exercises are those which don’t put too much strain on you, such as walking, swimming and yoga, as well as simple daily tasks like housework. Always consult a medical professional who can advise you on the best way to stay active when managing chronic pain.
Treatments for chronic pain are as diverse as its causes. Depending on the cause and severity of your condition, a combination of exercise, painkillers, staying at work and physical therapy will usually be advised. A pain management specialist will work with you to determine the best ongoing treatment in order to minimise the impact of chronic pain on your daily lifestyle. This will allow you to stay active and maintain emotional wellbeing, as well as aiding in the management of your pain.