‘Exercise pain doesn’t equal tissue damage’

‘Exercise pain doesn’t equal tissue damage’

‘Exercise pain doesn’t equal tissue damage’ is the interesting title of an article in this weeks’ Frontline magazine – a fortnightly magazine for members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.  The article discusses a study that looked at evidence into the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain. The study concludes that ‘Therapeutic exercise that temporarily aggravates pain doesn’t need to be ruled out or avoided in people with painful chronic musculoskeletal disorders’.

This is good news! As a physiotherapist, we know the positive effect exercise has on our patients and this gives us some confidence in being able to say to our patients ‘This may be uncomfortable but will help your pain’.

Interestingly in the UK, 1 in 4 people live with a chronic musculoskeletal complaint. When you are in pain, you tend to avoid painful movements and activities as well as thinking that pain must equal damage. It is the role of a physiotherapist to push you (slowly) into painful movement, to encourage you to believe that pain does not equal damage and to help you with your presenting problem.

Let us at Silver Physio help you with your chronic pain problem. We want to help you reduce your pain and return to normal function.  Contact us on 020 3637 8988 or email office@silverphysio.co.uk


Should exercises be painful in the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis. BE Smith et al 2017