Scar tissue refers to thick, fibrous tissues that take the place of healthy ones that have been damaged. Healthy tissues may be destroyed from a cut, significant injury, or surgery. Tissue damage may be internal, so scar tissue can form postsurgery or as a result of disease.
In the early stages, scar tissue isn’t always painful. This is because nerves in the area may have been destroyed along with healthy body tissues.
But over time, scar tissue may become painful as nerve endings regenerate. Scar tissue can also become painful over the course of an internal disease. The amount of pain can also vary based on the severity of the initial wound as well as its location on your body.
Curious if the pain you’re experiencing is related to scar tissue? Let’s dive a little deeper into this subject.
– Medically reviewed by Alana Biggers, MD on March 7, 2019 — Written by Kristeen Cherney, PhD