Here's a very interesting study involving pain. Patients usually are driven into the office by some sort of pain or discomfort. They often logically ask how long it will be before they feel better. This is difficult to say for me as the doctor for many reasons. Sure I could spit out some statistics but I prefer to view everyone as a unique individual. Everyone will have a different response unique to themselves.
According to this study some pain patients will experience pain so severe after the injury has healed that they request amputation of a limb! And even then the pain does not leave with pain medications being no help either.
This study backs up the most difficult lesson I try to teach my patients. Pain is not an indication of what sort of condition you're in. One could be healed of an injury and be in tremendous pain. Or one could be totally pain free and have an insidious cancer growing inside of them.
What you should be most concerned about is function. To find out how you're functioning you need to work with someone who knows how to evaluate and demonstrate your function to you. This will tell you where you're currently holding and where you might be headed. You will be able to notice immediate differences.
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