5 Categories of pain

There are different types of pain and you may experience more than one type at the same time. So, if you are having any type of pain, you should consult a medical professional to find the potential causes and develop your treatment plan accordingly. See a Pain Management Doctor or schedule an appointment at the Doral Health & Wellness Pain Medical Clinic if you’re having trouble controlling the pain associated with your condition or if you’re just interested in your treatment options.

1. Acute pain:  This type of pain only develops for a shorter period. It may happen suddenly due to injury, medical procedure, or illness which includes 

  • Cuts, muscle strains, cuts, and bone fractures 
  • Injections, surgery, or dental work. 
  • Food poisoning, appendicitis, and strep throat.  

This pain is usually sharp and usually takes some hours or some days to go away after the cause has been treated or resolved. 

2. Chronic pain:  This type of pain lasts longer but may happen several times a day. It can last several months or years. It may be caused due to several health conditions like chronic migraine, arthritis, cancer, and fibromyalgia. Some people may develop chronic pain due to injury as well, even after the injury wound is initially healed.  

In some cases, the cause of chronic pain is difficult to find. Some people experience chronic pain even with no definite cause of injury or illness. This chronic pain is known as functional pain.  

According to the National Health Interview Survey in 2019, around 1 out of 5 adults had chronic pain in the US. However, more than 7% had chronic pain which reduced their normal activities at work and other areas of life.  

3. Nociceptive pain: This type of pain occurs from tissue damage. Tissue damage can happen from injuries like cuts, bruises, burns, and fractures. Additionally, it can also happen due to some health illnesses such as arthritis, osteoporosis, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  

When this pain develops on the skin, muscles, joints, bones, ligaments, or tendons, it is known as somatic pain. If it develops in the internal organs, then it is called visceral pain. It may be acute or chronic, depending on the cause, and make you feel a sharp, achy, throbbing pain. This type of pain may occur to everyone at some point in their lives.  

4. Neuropathic pain:  This pain is caused by nerve damage due to several injuries and illnesses. For example, you may develop neuropathic pain due to one of the spine discs sliding out of place and applying pressure on the nerve. This pain also be caused by certain conditions such as diabetes, shingles, cancer, or multiple sclerosis.  

In one study in the US, researchers found that 10% of adult Americans experience neuropathic pain which tends to be chronic, but in several cases, it can be acute depending on the cause.  

This type of pain may feel like a shooting, stabbing, burning, or prickling sensation. It is also very sensitive to touch, movement, or hot and cold temperatures.  

5. Functional pain:  This type of pain is caused by no obvious reason like no injury or damage to the body. It mostly is chronic, but acute pain can also develop. More than 15% of the world population has this pain syndrome, according to a research report. Some conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, chronic cardiac chest pain, fibromyalgia, and temporomandibular dysfunction can cause this pain.  

Medical professionals at Doral Health & Wellness’ Pain Medical Clinic can give you sound advice on how to deal with your pain. The location at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212 is well-served by public transportation, including many bus routes, and the subway line. We invite you to visit our website at http://www.painmanagementbrooklyn.com/ or to contact us on +1-347-384-5690 for additional details.