Types of Pain

Pain is a general term that describes any kind of unpleasant or uncomfortable sensation in the body.

There are many different types and causes of pain, and these can be grouped into eight different categories to help with pain management:

Acute pain

Chronic pain

Breakthrough pain

Bone pain

Nerve pain

Phantom pain

Soft tissue pain

Referred pain.

Acute pain

This starts suddenly and only lasts for a short period (ie, minutes, hours, a couple of days, occasionally a month or two).

It is usually caused by a specific event or injury, such as:

A broken bone

A car crash or other type of…


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