Bill: What is more important? Pain or function?
Steve: Is that a trick question?
Bill: Yeah. But you answered it. You got it. You nailed it.
Steve: I have? That’s awesome.
Bill: But now I’m going to ask you to show your workings like in that VCA Maths exam that you did. So why is function more important than pain?
Steve: I like to put it down to this. Would you prefer to have no pain but not be able to move or would your prefer a little bit of pain but can do anything you want in life?
Bill: I think B if it’s multiple choice. I’ll take the second one.
Steve: There’s the workings out right there.
Bill: Oh you got me!
Steve: So pain, function. Both are important, but rather than focus on the function, we often get to focused on the pain. And if we have full function, or some function, and we can get stronger more mobile more flexible, guess what happens?
Bill: You enjoy life more?
Steve: And the pain subsides. Because full restoration of movement occurs.
Bill: So it’s worthwhile to see a physiotherapist if you don’t have pain but you’ve got problems with your function?
Steve: That’s right. And that’s another good reason to see a physiotherapist if you don’t have pain and if you’re gonna start a new activity. So if you haven’t got any conditioning behind you…