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Why do I still feel pain?

Why do I still feel pain?

It’s a question that will be asked more often as the prevalence of persistent pain continues to rise. Pain can lead to mobility restrictions, decrease in daily activities, dependence on opioids, and reduced quality of life.

A 2016 report by the CDC states that persistent pain is one of the most common reasons we seek medical care. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans, or about 50 million U.S. adults, live with persistent pain which contributes to an estimated $560 billion in medical costs, lost productivity, and disability programs. Because of these sobering statistics, there is current and ongoing research in the field of pain science to better explain your pain and how to manage it.

Researchers have found that pain is produced by the brain, and that pain is a protector rather than an indicator of damage. A quick example of this is if you’ve ever held your finger over a hot flame from a candle. Before you can touch the flame you start to feel pain and quickly pull away before any damage is done. The feeling of pain is normal and always real, but the presence of it is rarely disastrous. However, when pain becomes persistent then it becomes a dominating force in life.

Good news is, the more you know about your pain, the better you will feel. The creation of a new relationship with pain is the only way to return us to our full potential. Below are some educational materials, websites, and video links to better understand and explain your pain. If you have any questions about your pain please don’t hesitate to ask your Physical Therapist.


Explain Pain by David Butler and G. Lorimer Moseley

Painful Yarns by G. Lorimer Moseley

Both can be found on Amazon

Videos: (watch video)


Written by Zachary Bethel, PTA

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