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How can life affect my pain?

When patients come to me with pain that’s persistent, I always explain that the impact of their lifestyle can be like a volume dial. It’s not a cause of their pain, but it can turn it up and down depending on the intensity. The reason for this is that pain is a protective mechanism create by our nervous system (including our brain) which obvious impacts the entire body. Hence why these factors are all linked. It’s really important to know this, so patients can manage their pain and expectations of recovery better.

These are the lifestyle factors that have the biggest impact on pain:

  • Activity levels
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Stress/ Psychological history
  • Genetics
  • Medical history

It’s really important, therefore, to be helped by your clinician to manage these factors day-to-day alongside rehabilitation to be able to see gradual improvements with your pain.

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