Concepts of Pain

conceptsof pain

Last time I talked a bit about “pain science” Here is a graphic that talks about some of the core concepts of pain. Some of these concepts are becoming more well known in the medical world and to the average person. But, when I talk to people, many don’t really understand them, or in the medical world treatment and language don’t reflect that. Many people still think and believe that pain always means damage. The amount of pain reflects the amount of damage. Persisting pain means increasing severity of your physical or structural condition. And, pain must be reduced or eradicated before you can continue to move forward with your life. These beliefs are well-ingrained not only into our culture, but also our medical system. People will continue to search for a “fix” and there are plenty of people willing to offer them “the fix”.

Now, of course, sometimes damage and pain correlate quite well. You break your leg, cut yourself, or sprain your ankle and their is structural damage to bones, skin, ligaments, muscles, or tendons. In a normal situation they are painful at first, as they should be. Then as time goes by you heal and the pain steadily resolves and you feel better. You assume you healed so your  pain went away. This is acute pain. But, sometimes normal healing times pass and the pain is still there. Sometimes even worse than it was when it was new. This is persistent or chronic pain. You assume you have pain because something is not right in your structure. Something hasn’t healed right or is out of place or is not working right. And sometimes that is true, but sometimes something else my be going on. You might be having a pain problem.

Over the next couple weeks I will go in detail about the 6 core concepts of pain mentioned above. There are lots of other important things. But, these concepts are a good place to start. So keep an eye out.

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