Understanding the Different Types of Pain

Your nerves, brain, and spinal cord all communicate together to generate the sensation of pain. Because pain affects people in different ways, it’s important that you receive an accurate diagnosis for the cause of your pain to prevent it from getting worse.

At The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS, knows how disruptive pain can be to your life, especially if your pain is severe and chronic. Dr. Bo and our team are dedicated to helping you uncover the root cause of pain, so you can begin the right treatment plan.

Classifications of pain

Pain is complex and identifying where your pain is originating from can be difficult. There are different classifications of pain that Dr. Bo considers during your diagnosis including:

Acute pain

Pain is considered acute when it lasts for less than six months. This type of pain usually develops suddenly following an injury to your soft tissues or bone. You can also experience acute pain following a medical procedure.

Chronic pain

Chronic pain describes pain that lasts longer than six months and persists even after your body has healed. You can experience chronic pain following an injury or because of a disease or disorder. It’s also possible to develop chronic pain for no identifiable reason.

Nociceptive pain

Nociceptive pain is the most common type of acute and chronic pain and is caused by the stimulation of your nociceptors, the pain receptors for tissue injuries. There are many of these receptors in your body, including in your skin. When you experience a cut or other type of energy, the receptors send signals to your brain that generate the pain sensation.

Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain occurs when there’s damage or dysfunction in your nervous system due to an injury or a disease like diabetes. This causes your nerves to erratically send pain signals to your brain at random times instead of just in response to an injury.

You might feel neuropathic pain in different ways, such as:

Many people with neuropathic pain also experience a shock-like, jolting pain.

Uncovering the root cause of your pain

During your diagnostic evaluation for pain, Dr. Bo spends time discussing the different factors that contribute to pain to help pinpoint your underlying pain triggers.

It’s helpful if you can provide as much information about your pain as possible, such as:

You should schedule this evaluation if you have pain that isn’t treatable with over-the-counter medications, or if your pain continues to worsen even with treatment.

We offer a variety of pain management services to address neck pain and back pain that occurs due to spine injuries, nerve damage, or degenerative diseases like arthritis or osteoporosis.

The earlier you seek treatment for pain, the better. Dr. Bo can customize your treatment plan with conservative therapies or minimally invasive surgery to keep your pain under control.

Schedule diagnostic pain evaluation online or by calling The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care office nearest you today.

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