Diagnosing Your Pain – History & Assessment
Not all pain is the same. There are a few key types of pain and they all require different treatment approaches, so our first job is to work out what sort of pain you have.
Is it pain associated with an acute connective tissue injury, is it a nerve injury or is it a disorder of heightened nerve sensitivity?
To work this out we’ll ask you a heap of questions about the nature, timing and intensity of your pain, and try to clarify how it came about and what other symptoms it might be associated with. We’ll also need to consider your health history, your medications and your family history to ensure we have a good understanding of the types of problems you’re most likely to be prone to.
We’ll also conduct a range of assessments;
- A musculoskeletal exam will help us identify connective tissue injuries
- A neurological exam will help us identify neurological disease or injury
- An assessment of nerve sensitivity to a range of stimuli will help us understand how sensitive your nervous system is
Most of us have been poked and prodded by doctors and therapists before, you’ve likely had your movement and reflexes checked and you’re probably familiar with the concepts of musculoskeletal and neurological exams. What people are usually less familiar with is the assessment of nerve sensitivity. When nerves are overly sensitive you become prone to experiencing pain from benign stimuli like lifting an arm overhead or wearing a collar that’s too tight.