by David Wadsworth
In our earlier posts we looked at the causes of persistent pain. We also discussed how the key to effectively dealing with persistent pain and achieving long-term relief is to continually focus on eliminating underlying causes.
When a client first presents with persistent pain we may identify quite a long list of contributing factors to their pain but with skilled manual therapy treatment many can be eliminated within a couple of sessions. We then have a much shorter, less complex and more manageable list of factors to focus on, such as a couple of weak or tight muscles which need work for long-term relief and preventing pain recurrence.
Spending too much time and money on symptomatic treatment for which there may only (at best) be short term respite from pain is less than ideal.
What does symptomatic treatment of Persistent Pain look like?
After reading our series of posts on persistent pain you now know that merely treating the symptoms of persistent pain is not going to eliminate the cause. So how do you tell if you’re only getting this “second-rate” treatment?
There are a couple of easy signs to recognise:
Never forget that the aim in eliminating persistent pain should always be to identify and treat the underlying causes (part two of your diagnosis). Symptomatic treatment should be offered sparingly as it distracts from addressing the real causes.
In further posts you will learn that persistent pain is multifactorial in origin and the causes are usually dysfunction in any of the body’s systems, not just an isolated joint or a muscle problem.