Pain is described as an uncomfortable sensation in the body. Pain is felt when a signal is activated from the nervous system and then interpreted by the brain. Pain is experienced and described differently from one person to the other. It can be short- or long-term and stay in one place or spread all around the body.

What is a pain?

Pain is a signal of an injury or illness. It is the body’s way of alerting that something is wrong. This is the main purpose of pain. It is meant to make you feel uncomfortable so if you are injured or sick, you will know you need to stop or do something.

When you hurt your body, your brain usually activates the pain response. If you touch something hot, the pain you feel is your body telling you that you need to stop touching the hot item and that you should take action to cool down the skin. when you walk on an injured ankle and it hurts, that’s also your body asking you to stop.

What are the different types of pain ?

There are five common types of pain, in some cases some pain can fit in more than one category :

Acute Pain

Acute pain is short in duration (from few minutes up to six months). It is usually related to a soft-tissue injury or a temporary illness. Be aware that the injury doesn’t heal correctly it can end to a chronic pain.

Chronic Pain

is longer in duration and constant or intermittent. For example, headaches even if the pain isn’t always present. Chronic pain is usually due to a health condition, such as spine condition.

Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain stems from nerve damage, often described as shooting, stabbing, or burning sensations. It may alter sensitivity to touch and hinder daily activities.

Nociceptive Pain

Nociceptive pain results from tissue damage, described as sharp or achy. Often caused by external injury, it affects joints, muscles, skin, tendons, and bones, persisting as acute or chronic.

Radicular Pain

Radicular pain occurs when spinal nerves are compressed or inflamed, causing tingling, numbness, and weakness, often felt from the back to the leg.