WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?
Everyone will experience pain from time to time in their life, whether it is from injuring a muscle, a cut on your hand or a hard bump on your head. Pain is the body’s way of warning you about an injury, but once the injury heals, the pain disappears.
Chronic pain is different, and doctors usually define chronic pain as pain that lasts for three to six months or more. According to the American Pain Foundation chronic pain affects 42 – 50 million Americans.
WHICH CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE CHRONIC PAIN?
According to Webmd.com, some of the leading causes of chronic pain include arthritis, back problems, past injuries or surgeries, nerve damage, infections and fibromyalgia.
WHAT IS NON-CHRONIC PAIN (ACUTE PAIN)?
Spine-Health defines acute pain as a type of pain that typically lasts less than three to six months or pain that is directly related to soft tissue damage such as a sprained ankle or paper cut. Acute pain is of short duration, but it gradually resolves as the injured tissues heal.
WHAT ARE TYPICAL CAUSES OF NON-CHRONIC PAIN (ACUTE PAIN)?
Non-chronic or acute pain can happen on a daily basis in varying degrees. Typical examples could be caused by soft tissue injury due to overuse, joint injuries due to strains, sprains or fractures, and normal bumps or bruises.
ACUTE VS CHRONIC WOUNDS
Acute wounds heal through the process of inflammation, tissue formation and remodelling, which occur in a timely fashion. Chronic wounds, on the other hand, are those that have failed to progress through the phases of healing in an orderly and timely fashion and have shown no significant progress towards healing.
OPEN VS CLOSED WOUNDS
Open wounds have exposed body tissue in the base of the wound and closed wounds have damage, without exposed tissue. Typical open wounds would be due to surgery, incisions, puncture wounds, abrasions or lacerations and ulcers. Closed wounds could typically be due to contusions, blisters or hematoma.
HOW DOES PHOTIZO PHYSIOTHERAPY WORK?
Throughout the ages, sunlight (as the earliest form of phototherapy) has been known to have both healing and wellness properties. Light is energy, and energy sustains life – it cannot be destroyed, but it can be transformed into other forms.
The Photizo Physiotherapy LED light therapy harnesses the healing power of red and infrared light at specific wavelengths and frequencies for accelerated healing by activating the pain and relaxing ‘medication’ of your body.
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are non-invasive, painless, produce a gentle and soothing warmth and do not require recovery time. Photizo Physiotherapy allows increased blood flow into the area being treated to ensure that any waste is quickly removed from the area.