What’s the difference between injuries and conditions?
Wait, is there even a difference?
Yes, of course – the difference is this:
Injuries are typically something that happens quickly, spontaneously by way of trauma, accident or fall.
Examples being, getting injuries or injured due to:
- falling down or off a chair
- being hit by a car or vehicle as a pedestrian
- being hit by a soccer ball
- lifting a heavy object
Events such as this causes an acute (and of course, painful) injury to the body or body parts.
A condition is generally something that took time, a gradual onset, to develop.
An example is a back pain that started as a mild ache off and on, and over a period of time and continued reinjury due to
- prolonged lifting
- carrying or bending at work
which causes degenerative changes in a person’s spine, may be considered a condition.
Another example is a shoulder condition that has developed gradually over a period of time due to repetitive activities or repetitive use of a person’s upper limb, where the symptoms have developed or worsened gradually over a period of many years, is likely to be considered a condition as well.
Note: Some people use “conditions and diseases” interchangeably but it’s much more accurate to call orthopedic and sports conditions as conditions as they can be treated eg chronic back pain is a condition that can be treated to full healing and resolution; as compared to diseases such as diabetes that can be treated but never completely resolve – though this is open to debate as chronic back pain…is chronic ie long term in nature
Nigel is a principal hand therapist practicing since 2005; and Louise is a principal physiotherapist practicing since 2006…and we’re really interested in treating orthopedic and sports injuries and condition, and treating pain for good.
Orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions refer to painful issues to one’s
- bones, muscles, joints, nerves, tendons and ligaments
- ie neck, back, hip, knee, calf, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers
Where To Next
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- Learn and find out more about your orthopedic / sports pains (bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves etc) at Pain Conditions & Injuries
- Explore pain relief physiotherapy treatments as well as pain relief products & solutions
- Ask our physiotherapist and hand therapist questions about your specific pain.
- Read our latest articles at our blog
- Contact us to suggest topics / pain relief products for us to review; for media inquiries or even to say hi (we'd love to receive mail thanking us for helping with pain relief).