Acute pain is a normal sensation in response to tissue damage, triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself. Chronic pain, also known as ‘persistent pain’, is different. Chronic pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. Eventually, pain may continue even in the absence of ongoing tissue damage.
Estimates of prevalence vary considerably, but some sources estimate as high as 50%+ of the general population are afflicted with some sort of persistent pain. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, neck/shoulder pain, low back pain, arthritis pain, or neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself).
Where to go?
At VASTA our therapists have advanced specialty training in the management of chronic spinal and extremity pain syndromes. We are dedicated to working with our clients to overcome these disabling disorders and to empower our patients to return to the activities they love. Many of our clients have succeeded in overcoming these painful disorders despite years of failed programs in the past.
Who will benefit?
Many patients who have chronic low-back and neck pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, and complex joint or myofascial pain will benefit from our comprehensive management approaches.
Some helpful videos on understanding chronic pain.
Physical Therapists Guide to Chronic Pain Syndromes