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Chasing Pain

Understanding the variables that contribute to an injury is crucial for achieving better outcomes and speeding up recovery time. Patient empowerment plays a central role in rehabilitation, and one of the most critical components of patient education is ensuring a deep understanding of the biopsychosocial model of pain. This is particularly essential for injuries with insidious onsets and no clear mechanism of injury.

In such cases, it is imperative for patients to grasp that pain is multifaceted and influenced by various factors beyond just physical trauma. Without this understanding, patients may find themselves chasing pain – stuck in a cycle of frustration, attempting to attribute their injury to a specific event when, in reality, pain is far more complex.

It’s important to clarify that acknowledging the biopsychosocial model of pain doesn’t oversimplify it by attributing all pain solely to a combination of factors. Rather, it acknowledges the intricate interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors in shaping an individual’s experience of pain. Moreover, in many instances, some contributing variables may remain hidden or unclear, underscoring the complexity of pain.

Therefore, emphasizing patient education as a cornerstone of rehabilitation programs becomes paramount. By empowering patients with knowledge about the multifaceted nature of pain and its contributing factors, healthcare providers can help them navigate their recovery journey more effectively. This education should encompass not only the physiological aspects of injury but also psychological and social factors that may influence pain perception and recovery.

By prioritizing patient education, rehabilitation programs can equip individuals with the tools and understanding necessary to actively participate in their recovery process. This fosters a sense of agency and control over their health outcomes, ultimately leading to improved adherence to treatment plans and better overall rehabilitation results.

Dr. Daniel Komforti, Physical Therapist
Dr. Daniel Komforti
On a mission to help active adults change their narrative and stay active for a lifetime with more confidence.
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