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What happens if pain becomes chronic?

HPRC's Answer

Pain, if chronic or left untreated, has a tendency to make itself worse over time. Pain often increases worry and negative thoughts about having more pain in the future. Then you tend to avoid doing certain activities. As a result, you don’t use certain muscles. Inactivity along with avoiding activities previously enjoyed can bring about depressed feelings. Depression and disuse make pain worse and continue to feed the pain cycle.

Pain Cycle IMG