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Pain Series – Part 1: Types of Pain

Part 1 of Physiotherapist Thomas Knight’s Pain Series.

What types of pain are there?

  1. Acute pain: this is pain that lets us know we have been hurt or are in danger of being hurt. It is useful pain and stops us from further injuring our body. Acute pain is designed to stop us from injuring ourselves in the same way again. It is designed to allow the body time to repair and recover. This sort of pain is important in teaching us lessons, if we touch a hot pan it hurts, we learn to avoid touching hot pans however it doesn’t stop us from continuing to use pans in the kitchen.
  2. Persistent (Chronic) pain: this is the pain that continues after an injury has healed or an illness has passed. This type of pain is less related to local tissue and can involve a broader systemic problem. Changes begin to occur in the nervous system and things that don’t hurt normally can become painful and things that might cause a little bit of pain, now cause a lot. Treatment for this sort of pain needs to be multi-faceted and the address the whole person – physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.

Watch the below video about “Understanding Pain and what to do about it”

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