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Pain is the body way of altering

Pain is the body's way of alerting you to danger, telling you something is happening in your body. Pain can be caused by many different factors, but it begins when nerve endings are stimulated. Pain is perceived through sensory nerve cells, the same ones that allow you to smell, see, hear, taste and touch.2

There are two major categories of pain

There are two major categories of pain:
acute and chronic.

While there are clear differences, there’s also a link between the two. When pain is acute, there’s usually a clear cause, such as surgery or an injury. Pain may start as acute, but can become chronic if it persists or gets worse over time. For example, in the event of an injury, chronic pain can remain even after the injury heals. In some cases, chronic pain can occur and the cause may not be obvious.2

Acute Pain
  • Lasts for up to three months
  • Cause is usually known, such as an injury3
Chronic Pain
  • Typically lasts longer than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing
  • Cause is not necessarily known; can be a result of an underlying medical condition or treatment, disease, injury or inflammation3

Pain can affect any part of the body

Pain can affect any part of the body. Common forms of pain include headaches, back and neck pain, joint pain from nerve damage, pain resulting from an injury, cancer pain and pain-related conditions.2

Pain is a very personal experience and there is no single test that can measure and locate pain. Pain may occur anywhere in the body and for many different reasons. Descriptions of pain such as "dull," "sharp," "aching" or "constant," help healthcare professionals determine the cause of the pain and recommend a treatment approach.4

Acute and chronic pain impacts millions of individuals in the US.1

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