Why doesn't the pain go away by itself?

Pain often becomes chronic because the body has begun to function differently. Inflammation and scar tissue impair the blood supply to an area, and set up an ongoing cycle that is self perpetuating and very hard to break. Even stopping the activities that aggravate your condition rarely leads to a fixed problem, because the underlying tissue changes are still present. Without fixing the underlying changes at the root of the problem, a return to work or sports often means a return of the condition. Usually, the only way to properly fix the problem is to release the scar tissue or adhesions. ART is a treatment that specifically targets this.