Updated: Jan 24, 2018
Many people get pain without any apparent reason: they do not remember injuring themselves in any way or form. “It just kind of started.”
How can this happen?
Well, the truth is, we really do not have a certain and clear answer.
BUT, we can make some reasonable guesses based on available scientific evidence.
Pain is a complex experience, and for the sake of keeping this short, I will suggest to think about pain as an alarm notifying you as a person, that there is potential danger to your body.
The “loudness” of the alarm is dependent on many factors (context): stubbing your toe on the way to collect your LottoMax win feels 100% different than when you stub it after just being fired....
Pain also can occur without ANY damage - think of a “blinding” headache or strong pinch in a sensitive area: no damage, but “ouch”!
So, when you come and see a physiotherapist with pain of unknown origin, it is essential to get your whole story about it, to get thorough testing to eliminate possible hidden “tissue-issues” , and to find out how your movement is affected by pain. This will help determine hwo to go about changing things.
The good news is, that we do not have to know what exactly caused the pain in order to make it better – as long as the real dangerous possibilities have been eliminated (like a hidden tissue issue).
Pain CAN disappear just like it appears – without apparent reason. But if it lasts longer than a few days and/or it is of concern to you, let a physiotherapist with deep knowledge about pain take a listen and a look.
Even if it is only to eliminate any concerns, and to find out how to move better and do something about the pain.
In the future blog posts, I will go a bit deeper into what we know about pain, its role, how it works and what the scientists are looking at these days.
Sebastian Asselbergs, Physiotherapist