Chronic Pain

Sports Health Conditions: Chronic Pain

In athletes, chronic pain is common in the neck and back, though it can occur anywhere in your body.

Chronic pain can be due to acute spasm, strain, sprain and muscular imbalance. It can range from being mild and annoying to being so bad that it gets in the way of your daily activities.

Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. It's normal for you to have pain when you are injured or ill. But pain that lasts for weeks, months, or years is not normal.

The cause of chronic pain is not always clear. It may occur because brain chemicals that usually stop pain after you get better from an illness or injury are not working right. Or damaged nerves can cause the pain. Chronic pain can also occur without a known cause.

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