Episode 18: What is chronic pain and what can you do about it | The Better Ageing Podcast
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Pain is a topic that is frequently talked about on The Better Ageing Podcast - often it is the reason that many of us head in to see our doctor or physiotherapist. Thankfully, pain is typically a temporary  sign that something isn't quite right, but what about when pain doesn't go away?

In this episode we're talking about Chronic Pain; pain that lingers longer than it should, often with no obvious cause or acute injury. We take a look at some of the causes of chronic pain, the difference between chronic and acute pain, and discuss strategies for dealing with chronic pain (hint: 'just putting up with it' is not one of them!)

So if you or someone you know has struggled with ongoing pain, then we hope this episode helps and that you are able to take control of your pain to live a healthier and happier life.

Show notes/ topics covered:

0:19 - Welcome 
1:31 - Introduction to chronic pain 
5:18 - Everyone deserves to have their pain treated 
6:57 - What isn't chronic pain? 
9:19 - Chronic pain is often pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks
10:35 - Where do you go to discuss your chronic pain? 
12:25 - Retraining your relationship with pain 
14:58 - Make sure you get some help for your pain 

About the experts: 

Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 

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