Chronic Pain Causes and Effects

Chronic Pain Causes and Effects

In some cases, chronic pain is the after-effect of an acute injury or illness that never quite healed properly. For instance, an internal soft tissue injury may have formed adhesions, lumps of scar tissue that grow over them and make it painful for you to move those tissues. Chronic aches and pains can also be caused by:

  • Arthritis, a degenerative, inflammatory joint condition
  • Trigger points, tight muscle knots that go into spasm and refer pain to various parts of the body
  • Systemic problems such as fibromyalgia
  • Overuse of specific tissues, which causes those tissues experience ongoing inflammation and strain
  • Herniated or bulging discs that pinch the spinal nerve roots or spinal cord
    • Musculoskeletal imbalances or weaknesses

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