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Can Scar Tissue Cause Pain?


Important!

ANSWER:

Often referred to as “adhesions”, scar tissue can definitely cause pain.


 

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What Is Scar Tissue?

Scar tissue often forms as the body attempts to heal itself after injury or surgery. This process is the body’s natural response to trauma. Because scar tissue does not contain nerve endings, the adhesion itself is generally not painful, but these adhesions often create pain and other problems.

Where Does Scar Tissue Form?

Scar tissue can form in any part of the body that has been traumatized. Adhesions frequently involve the female reproductive system and are the source of pain for many women. In addition to pain, scar tissue may cause some women to suffer from infertility, painful intercourse, and blockage of the bowel.

According to the National Institute of Health, when repeated injuries cause the back to develop scar tissue, the back may weaken, leading to more serious injuries.

Treatment for Scar Tissue

Unfortunately, there is little effective treatment for scar tissue. Since scar tissue usually forms as the result of surgery, additional surgery to remove it is often counterproductive. Unless the scar tissue is the cause of a major health problem, such as a bowel blockage, surgery to remove it is generally not indicated. In some cases, less invasive laparoscopic surgery may be a viable option. Since laparoscopic surgery requires a smaller incision than more invasive surgery, there is less opportunity for new adhesions to form. Various non-surgical treatments are available and offer some relief for pain caused by scar tissue.

Some of these treatments may include medications and exercise.

Resources

 

“Iowa’s Guildelines for Granting Medical Exemptions for Safety Belt Usage.” Iowa Department of Transportation. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2010. http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/exemption.htm.

“The Problem of the Painful Scar .” National Center for Biotechnology Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1450827/.

“Low Back Pain Fact Sheet: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2010. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/detail_backpain.htm.

“Endometriosis << Frequently Asked Questions << womenshealth.gov.” womenshealth.gov | 800-994-9662. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2010. http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/endometriosis.cfm.


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