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Pain classification

Pain can be felt in a specific part of the body or it can be widespread, and the sensation can range from mild to extreme. Each person perceives pain in a unique way making pain conditions more complex to treat.

Acute pain – usually mild, only lasts for a short time (less than 3-6 months); commonly associated with soft tissue damage like a sprained ankle or a paper cut.

Chronic pain – generally lasts for more than 3 to 6 months; may arise with an injury, for instance during a back sprain or an ongoing illness.

The most common causes of pain are:

  • Soft tissue injury
  • Surgery
  • Medical conditions (cancer, arthritis, nerve pain and back problems).

It is reported that the most common pains are headaches and back pain, which also involves the shoulder, limbs, and neck.

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