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Below are accurate definitions of various pain management terms. If there is something you can’t find on this list, contact us now! We will be more than happy to assist you.

Acute Pain

Acute pain can be sharp or severe depending on the injury, e.g., a sprained ankle. This type of pain typically doesn’t last longer than six months. In addition, acute pain goes away when its underlying cause is treated.

Analgesics

Analgesics are medications that relieve pain without causing loss of consciousness. There are different types of analgesic drugs, including opioids like hydrocodone and morphine; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen and ibuprofen; and acetaminophen.

Chronic Pain

Also known as persistent pain, chronic pain typically lasts longer than six months despite treatment or medication. Oftentimes, the pain that a patient experiences after a surgery or accident may naturally subside. Some types of pain, however, may persist. Chronic pain may be caused by dysfunctional nerves or inflammation.

Fibrosis

Fibrosis refers to the development of fibrous connective tissue as a result of damage or injury. It may refer to the connective tissue disposition that happens as part of the normal healing process. It may also be described as excess tissue disposition, which occurs as part of the pathological process. Some of the primary types of fibrosis include pulmonary fibrosis and cardiac fibrosis.

Stem Cells

The main types of stem cells are adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. These cells have the potential to develop into other types of cells in one’s body. Stem cells are basically the body’s raw materials.

Trigger Points

A trigger point is basically a sensitive area in the connective tissue or muscle, which experiences pain when compressed. Pressing a trigger point helps identify the specific pain areas in the body.