Pain acts like an alarm, a warning sign and it occurs when our brain is telling us we are harming ourselves or could harm ourselves.
That way we can do something to stop it and protect ourselves. For example, when you touch something hot, the pain makes you move your hand to stop you burning yourself or limping if an area is painful.
Sometimes pain sticks around longer than it needs to but it doesn’t mean an injury hasn’t healed properly. The usual medical treatment doesn’t always work as easily for this persistent pain, and in some cases, doctors cannot find any damage in the painful area making it hard to understand why it hurts. When this happens, it’s like the brain and the nerves are confused, sending pain messages to protect you when they don’t need to.
All pain is real and produced by the brain.
As we can see, pain isn’t very simple to understand or manage. However, by thinking of the things that can turn up the volume of pain we can find ways to improve pain and make it easier to manage.
Who to talk to if you have concerns
If you’re concerned about your child’s health or development, talk to a GP or health visitor, or speak to a nurse, doctor or special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) at your child’s school.
Alternatively, get in touch with the Children’s Physiotherapy service.