Pain is the body's warning system when you are sick or injured. It leads people to take action, a good thing, and has been important in humans' ability to evolve and survive. This type of pain is acute pain (nociceptive pain) and is a reaction to a noxious stimulus. Acute pain is generally simple to treat and tends to fade away as you begin to feel better.
Chronic pain is pain that persists after the body should have healed, usually about three months. This pain may not be warning you of damage occurring in the body so there is no longer a direct link between pain and harm being caused by the (preceding) injury or disease.
Chronic pain is a complex phenomenon and may not be easy to treat, especially with analgesia alone. The video Understanding Pain provides a short 5 minute explanation.
However, many things will help to ease it and this website is dedicated to helping the more than 3.2 million Australians living with chronic pain to be able to manage their pain and live a full life again.