If you’re feeling pain, weakness, and/or loss of mobility months or even years after a surgical procedure, you’re not alone. Many people experience chronic pain much after the initial healing stages are complete.

Post Surgery Rehabilitation

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Some people feel that their surgery was not successful because the pain has never quite disappeared in the area of surgery. Others feel that the surgery may have been successful, but now there is a different ache or pain or it’s in a different place. Both scenarios are rather common after a surgical procedure and can be brought on by some of the following typical causes.

What Causes Chronic Pain After Surgery?


An area or joint that has previously been operated on can become more susceptible to injury. One of the common reasons for a body part being more susceptible to injury after surgery is excessive internal scar tissue build up.

Internal Scar Tissue

As the body works to heal the tissues affected by surgery, it leaves not only external scars, but also creates internal scar tissue which is helpful at first, but can cause pain and/or mobility limitations down the road. Scar tissue is very effective in quickly re-connecting tissues after they have been injured or altered through surgery, however, it remains a very thick inflexible substance that is difficult to break up even after healing is complete. And sometimes scar tissue even creates adhesions connecting organs or tissues that should not be connected. Such scar tissue adhesions or the general stiffness of scar tissue often compromise the full regular range of motion of a joint or muscle. And that often forces movements to become not entirely natural. These improper movements frequently cause neighboring muscles and/or joints to get overstressed, then leading to pain, micro-injuries or worse.

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Inflammation is one of the very common sources of pain. Initially, surgery causes inflammation of the affected tissues as the body attempts to heal itself; but often the tissues never get a chance to fully heal. This leaves the tissues in a state of constant inflammation that can last or reappear months or even years after a surgery. There are various possible underlying reasons for recurring inflammation; for example, a health condition such as diabetes. Or even more commonly: Built-up internal scar tissue irritates surrounding tissues – especially while working or exercising the area of surgery. This is because scar tissue is less flexible and also more abrasive than normal tissue. And when it rubs against healthy tissues, painful inflammation is a rather common occurrence.

Cold Laser Therapy for Chronic Pain After Surgery
Cold Laser Therapy for Chronic Pain After Surgery: Step 1

Cold Laser Therapy for Chronic Pain After Surgery: Step 1

Cold Laser Therapy for Chronic Pain After Surgery: Step 2

Cold Laser Therapy for Chronic Pain After Surgery: Step 2

Cold Laser Therapy for Chronic Pain After Surgery: Step 3

Cold Laser Therapy for Chronic Pain After Surgery: Step 3

Decreases Inflammation: Speeds up the body's natural inflammation phase and induces the repair phase of healing.

Removes Internal Scar Tissue: Inhibits and removes Internal Scar Tissue that naturally forms from injury or repetitive strain, causing discomfort and a delay in healing.

Regenerates Muscle Tissue: Transfers light energy to the affected cells of muscle, regenerating and strengthening damaged muscle tissue to prevent future injury.

Activates Cartilage Production: Promotes the natural cartilage growth process by increasing the production of cellular energy (ATP).

Accelerates Bone Repair: Simulates the bone cells to replicate and produce new healthy bone tissue.

Nerve Regeneration: Helps damaged nerves to recover by growing the neural network and repairing vital insulation around the nerve.

Stimulates Blood Flow: Increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients required for healing of the affected cells.

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