Frequently Asked Questions
What is pain?
The definition of pain, as given by the International Association
for the Study of Pain, underscores the following:
"An unpleasant sensory and emotional
experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage,
or described by the patient
terms of such damage."
However, pain is not always a signal of tissue damage or injury. Pain
can also arise from a functional disturbance in the nervous system.
What are the different types of pain?
Two primary types of pain include
Acute Pain is pain that may be generated by inflammation, tissue damage,
injury, illness, or recent surgery and is often characterized by
- increased local temperature
Acute pain usually ends after the underlying cause is treated or has
Chronic Pain is pain that persists for weeks, months, or even years.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is defined as pain that overwhelms all other symptoms
and may become the problem. The effects of chronic pain on people
often include the loss of appetite. In addition,
physical activity of any kind can prove exhaustive and further aggravate
Chronic pain is considered a major medical condition that can and
should be treated accordingly.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain may have started from
an initial illness or accident, from which a person has
long since recovered, or there may
be an ongoing cause of pain, such as arthritis or cancer.
Many people suffer from chronic pain in the absence of
any past injury or evidence of illness. The most common
pain is from
in the nervous system. Neuropathic pain refers to pain
that can arise when there is abnormal function in the