UNDERSTANDING PAIN

Even though pain is a common occurrence everyone is familiar with, it is still difficult to precisely define.

The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage." The fact remains that pain is an alarm signal telling us that something in the body is wrong.

Pain is one of the most common health complaints among people today. There are many different types of pain: A dull ache, a sharp stab, a recurring throb, a sudden sting, a constant burning, and many more. Pain may be caused by any number of ailments, including disease, injuries, stress and others. But a few facts are common when discussing any type of pain or any of pain‚??s causes:

  • Pain is real.
  • Pain has a cause.
  • Pain can impair your ability to perform your everyday activities.
  • Pain is treatable.
  • Pain can be manageable.

Sourced from:
The International Association for the Study of Pain, www.iasp-pain.org
The Arthritis Foundation‚??s Guide to Pain Management, by Susan Bernstein, copyright ©2003, Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation‚??s Guide to Good Living with Osteoarthritis, copyright ©2000, Arthritis Foundation
To learn more about these books and for other pain management resources, call (800) 283-7800.