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Pain - acute and chronic issues

Josephine

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There are two types of inflammatory condition, the acute and the chronic.
'Acute' means it's early, intense and usually reasonably easy to get under control.
'Chronic' means it's settled in for the long term and is very difficult to treat.

Overdoing exercise and activity creates inflammation (tendinitis) which in the first stage is acute. If the sufferer takes prompt action to avoid what's causing the problem with the usual BS mantra type of approach, then it will be got under control and resolved in a reasonably short period of time.

However, I have observed that the tendency is to treat these conditions with more exercise and worse, more even more aggressive exercise, like it's something that has to beaten into submission. Some PTs even appear to foster this approach by adding more intense exercises like squats, steps and leg raises with ever increasing weights. End result, the inflammation moves in into the chronic phase then becoming incredibly difficult to treat and resolve.

Moral of this story is that more of anything is very unlikely to resolve any pain issues whatever and wherever they are.
 

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