According to a study done by the Chief Medical Officer of England, over five million people in the UK develop chronic pain each year. Even more daunting is that he also reported that roughly 11 % of adults and eight % of children suffer from severe chronic pain.

Those who suffer from chronic pain often find that it has devastating consequences on their quality of life. In addition to negatively affecting one’s general health, chronic pain also affects activities of daily living, relationships and employment status. Many also experience insomnia and without proper rest, their pain levels climb even higher, placing them in a vicious cycle of suffering and despair.

Fortunately, there are practitioners out there who specialise in the successful treatment of chronic pain. Since no two people are alike, each patient requires a care plan that is customised to his or her individual needs. And it all starts with a Musculoskeletal Assessment.

A Musculoskeletal Assessment is a physical exam of the entire body. The practitioner will ask specific questions while conducting the exam in order to fully identify any pain or discomfort the patient is experiencing. He or she will look carefully for any injuries or trauma all over the body.

If it is deemed necessary, the practitioner will also conduct a Biomechanical Assessment. A Biomechanical Assessment focuses on the lower part of the body. The practitioner will assess lower limb function. Abnormalities in this area can cause the body to make unnecessary adjustments that lead to chronic pain. Part of this assessment also includes looking at the patient’s posture, both while moving the body and remaining still.

Many chronic pain patients have one or more abnormalities that cause the body to make these adjustments, and these adjustments cause overuse of the soft tissues of the body that causes tightness and pain. A common example of this is someone suffering from back pain, but has no injury present. An anomaly such as flat feet, for example, can cause inward rotation of the lower legs. That rotation affects the posture of the pelvis, which leads to irritation of the soft tissue in one’s back, thereby causing back pain without an actual injury to the back.

As with all health issues, many incidents of chronic pain can actually be prevented with a Personal Maintenance Assessment. The rationale is like that of any other kind of check-up, only this one is a check-up of the musculoskeletal system. The key is to find any type of abnormality that can lead to chronic pain and treat it before it starts. It is a form of preventative care that can save a patient from experiencing chronic pain and is just as necessary as a yearly physical or dental visit.

Without taking the time to undergo a Personal Maintenance Assessment, one is risking overuse of various muscles. This overuse will eventually lead to chronic pain, because overuse causes shortening of those affected muscles. It also causes soft tissues to become more fibrous, which means they are less flexible and more susceptible to injury.

Many people believe that chronic pain goes hand-in-hand with the ageing process, however, one can breach what’s called a maximum tolerance level at any age, which is why undergoing a Personal Maintenance Assessment is so important.  A comfortable car seat might help too.

The experts at Physio Wellbeing are highly trained and skilled in both preventing and treating chronic pain at any age, and each care plan is highly individualised. Give them a call today at 07717 712 234 or visit their website at www.physiowellbeing.co.uk for more information.

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  1. micox2012 says:

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  2. Nina Chandler says:

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