Mechanical Pain & the Recovery Process
Learning more about mechanical pain and the recovery process provides an opportunity to improve the healing process after an injury.
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What is a Mechanical Pain?
Mechanical pain is a general term referring to pain in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones or any other soft tissue caused by abnormal or excessive stress.
Poor posture, repetitive load to the tissue, trauma, fracture, tear or even over-training can cause mechanical pain.
Recovery from Mechanical Pain
The body starts the healing process automatically by going through the stages of inflammation, repair, and remodeling.
Inflammation is the process of bringing immune cells to the injured site to help initiate the repair and remodeling stages.
During the repair stage, new tissue and collagen are deposited into the injured site. The damaged tissue cross-links the collagen during repair which inhibits normal movement and causes pain. This new tissue is commonly called scar tissue.
The created scar tissue is disorganized and weak. It needs to remodel to eventually look more like a healthy tissue which is more organized and glides freely.
One of the primary roles of physical therapy is to make sure the remodeling stage is completed correctly during the healing process.
Share Your Thoughts
Now it’s your turn!
Have you ever experienced pain long after your injury is healed? What did you do about it?
Did the injured tissue function like it used to? What type of treatment did you seek to solve the problem?
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