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Different Types of Pain

Physicians categorize pain in many ways. At a high level, one common way to separate different kinds of pain is to distinguish between “acute” and “chronic” pain.

Acute pain comes on suddenly and has a limited duration. It’s often related to damage to muscles, bones, or organs. It may be caused by an injury or brought on by a specific set of events.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, lasts longer and is generally somewhat resistant to medical treatment. Among the most frequently cited causes of chronic pain are recurring workplace injuries, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia, and sedentary lifestyles.

There are many different causes for pain, and each person is unique. Whether it’s yourself or your loved one in pain, the first step in a successful treatment plan is to see a doctor and get an accurate diagnosis.

Understanding Pain Videos

These two very short videos about pain will also help you understand pain in general. Using animations that visualize the concepts, they go into more detail about why opioids are no longer recommended for long-term treatment of chronic noncancer pain, and what a more effective, holistic approach might look like.

Create an Active Recovery Plan

Once you have an idea about the cause of your pain, you can begin to create a plan for treating your pain that will help you take control of your life back.

Many treatments are available, from pain relievers to acupuncture to cognitive behavioral therapy. Knowledge is power, so get to know your options, and then consult with your doctor or pain specialist to craft an active recovery plan that suits your needs.

 

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