What happens when an injury is healed but you’re still feeling pain?
WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?
Pain comes from your nervous system sending signals to your brain as a reaction to an injury, and usually those signals stop once that injury has healed. However, if your body hurts for months after an injury, you’re likely experiencing chronic pain.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
Everyone feels chronic muscle pain differently, and it can change through the day. It’s often described as:
- Burning or throbbing
- Sharp or shooting
- Dull ache
- Sore, stiff or achy muscles
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