In reality, undiagnosed pain really occurs because of the habits of health professionals to compare the presentation of a given patient to a pre-determined criteria for "diagnosis". However pain conditions are a lot more complex than that - in fact pain condition itself should be a diagnosis in its own right (actually motions are now in process for World Health Organisation to achieve exactly that).
However way we look at it, undiagnosed pain is exactly that: persisting pain that no one REALLY seems to know why that is so. A patient usually has gone around a number of health professionals searching for the answer - GP, physio, surgeon, chiropractor, osteopath, naturopath, acupuncturist etc. But a firm solution is not found.
It's NOT that there isn't a solution; it's just that solution - pain science and its clinical implication - is not well understood and even less well disseminated and practiced. We don't pretend to fully understand it, but our efforts in integrating the modern pain science into our clinical is second to none.
Sarah visited us with persisting shoulder and neck pain that has been ongoing for more than five years. She had undergone blood test, X-ray and MRI which had shown no abnormalities. She had been attending a chiropratic clinic for a number of years with aims of "putting the neck in the right place" and "creating symmetry".
After examination and observation of her movements it seemed that the most pertinent issue for Sarah was not the neck that was "out" or "assymetrical shoulders" (neither have any long-term implications for pain), but mal-adaptive movements and behaviours, almost self-imposed, that created and perpetuated the condition.
Sarah had since been coming twice a week to exercise in our studio, once supervised and the other independent, focusing on retraining her body to alter its relationship with pain. She began to make good gains almost immediately, and is still doing very well and independent in management.