Chronic Pain – Can You Get Better? Probably

Hi, I’m Adam Heller.

Chronic pain versus acute pain.
What’s that really mean?

Well, typically acute pain is defined as pain for six weeks or less. And then sub-acute or chronic pain is actually six weeks or more.
So let me make it really simple for you.

If you break your foot, it hurts, but six weeks later it’s healed. The largest bone in your body takes about seven weeks to heal after an injury. So, realistically anything that you do to yourself should have healed in a six week period.
Anything over six weeks can be defined as sub-acute or what you’ve probably heard is chronic.

Here’s the thing – This is what you need to know or this is what you need to ask.

Is chronic pain really chronic?

Because chronic by definition means long term or in many cases permanent, but here’s something interesting to think about. There was a pilot done recently at the Mayo Clinic. Every single person in that pilot that had been diagnosed with chronic pain, they’d been diagnosed with bulging discs, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia. Many of these things that are told to be chronic.

Every single one of them according to the write up was pain free and their case closed within 28 days doing a psychological, linguistic, all talking intervention.

So the question is, “Is chronic pain really chronic?”

Often the latest studies, the latest pilots, latest information is showing that it isn’t.

So what does that mean for you?

Well, it means that there’s hope. It means that there’s possibility. And it means that there’s probably a really good chance that you should explore – you should get more information – you should speak with your doctor.

You should do research.

Whatever you need to do to get the information you need to know whether or not you can get better. Because new interventions have come around, new ways of looking at things have come around and maybe they can help you.

So is chronic pain chronic? Maybe not. That’s some really good information for you today and something for you to use going forward. Thank you so much for watching this video. I hope to see you again.

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