Chronic Pain is the medical term for any pain that lasts for a prolonged period of time. Some medical experts say that Chronic Pain is any pain that lasts for more than three months.
This is in contrast to Acute Pain which is usually expected to resolve within a defined period of time from when an injury first occurred. The thinking behind this is that Acute Pain is normally linked to the healing process of body tissues, for example a broken bone or injured body tissues.
Chronic Pain continues long after the initial healing process has ended.
Unfortunately, Chronic Pain can last indefinitely. It is usually because there has been permanent damage to part of the nervous system.
The actual cause of the pain may never be fully understood. Some research suggests that about 1 in 7 people in the UK suffer from Chronic Pain. It usually comes from one or both of two main sources. Inflammatory pain caused by very sensitive nerve endings which increase the sensation of pain, and neuropathic pain which occurs when nerves are damaged.
CRPS and all of the conditions described on this website are all types of Chronic Pain. They all require the same level of expertise and care.