Most people seek treatment when they experience some type of pain. But why something hurts and what that actually means for your body are not well understood. Pain science is an evolving and fascinating field, and we have much to learn.
Just to give an example, there have been numerous studies over the years showing that back pain and positive findings on MRI (“slipped” disks, etc.) are not highly correlated. What does that mean? It means that back pain is not necessarily caused by something that shows up on an MRI, and that many people have bulged disks but no symptoms.
In the article at the following link, Professor Lorimer Moseley gives probably the most readable summation of our current understanding of pain we’ve come across. If you’re curious about why you or someone else may be experiencing pain, especially chronic pain, or why pain sensitivity varies so widely (even within your own body), we highly recommend giving it a read.
What is Pain?