About Pain

When Pain Itself is the Problem

Acute pain is a symptom, the body’s warning signal that something is wrong. Examples are the pain of a fractured bone, a torn muscle, a decayed tooth. Acute pain disappears when the condition responsible for it is healed.

Chronic pain, however, is persistent pain, becoming a problem in itself. Among the more common types of chronic pain are:

  • Low back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Myofascial pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Migraine or tension headache
  • Temporomandibular joint pain in the jaw and neck

Chronic pain is probably the chief single cause of disability today. It exacts a tremendous toll in terms of human suffering and as a financial burden to individuals and employers.