Types of Chronic Pain

November 26, 2018 0 By admin

Chronic Pain

It’s become so commonplace, we rarely bat a lash or ask many questions when someone says they suffer from chronic pain or receive regular massage therapy for chronic pain. Whether the pain stems from an initial injury such as a back sprain, or its ongoing due to an illness, chronic pain limits the sufferer’s movements and reduces flexibility. Often, chronic pain is the direct cause of giving up favorite activities, which can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression. But did you know there are different types of chronic pain? There are three primary types: neuropathic, nociceptive, and visceral.

Neuropathic Chronic Pain

Neuropathic pain is often called neuropathy. Neruo refers to the nerves in the body, meaning this pain is caused by nerves transmitting pain signals to the brain. Rather than a physical injury like a sprain or fracture, neuropathic pain can signal that there’s damage to the nerves themselves. Think sciatica (the compression of the sciatic nerve), postherpetic neuralgia (pain after shingles), phantom limb pain (pain after amputation), and painful scars (neuromas).

If you have neuropathic pain, therapy can often help. In the case of sciatica, a licensed chiropractor can adjust your back and hips and, over time, alleviate the pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve.

Unfortunately, when neuropathy is caused by injury, such as a nerve being crushed during a severe accident; or disease, such as multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain is challenging to treat.

Nociceptive Pain

Nociceptive pain is what we commonly associate with pain itself. We feel nociceptive pain when we sustain a wound or injury. There are three subcategories of nociceptive pain.

Nociceptive pain is what we commonly associate with pain itself. We feel nociceptive pain when we sustain a wound or injury. There are three subcategories of nociceptive pain.

  • Somatic Pain

This pain is cause by an injury to bones, muscles, ligaments, and skin. It’s often a sharp, throbbing sensation. When you break a bone, the initial jolt of pain you feel is somatic pain. If you cut your finger with a knife, skin your knee, or slam your hand in a car door, it’s somatic pain. Typically, this type of pain dissipates after the injury has healed. If, however, the pain is persistent for three months or longer, it is considered chronic somatic pain.

  • Bone Pain

While the initial breaking of a bone triggers somatic pain, if the bone still hurts after it’s healed, it’s considered chronic somatic bone pain.

  • Muscle Pain

Muscle pain can stem from a multitude of sources. You may have torn a muscle during a vigorous workout in the past, and despite it having healed, it still causes persistent pain. This would be considered chronic somatic muscle pain.

Chronic muscle pain can also be caused by certain diseases such as lupus, dermatomyositis, and multiple sclerosis.

Visceral Pain

If you have visceral pain, the pain stems from your internal organs. This type of pain can be frightening, as the brain can’t pinpoint exactly where the pain is coming from. If you believe you have visceral pain, you should seek immediate medical help, as it may be a sign of something far more severe than simply ongoing chronic pain.

Examples of chronic visceral pain are abdominal pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome, non-ulcer dyspepsia, pancreatitis, and colitis. Often, some medications can help control visceral pain.

If you’re suffering from chronic pain, seek help from a pain care professional. Massage therapy for chronic pain in West Bloomfield, MI is a great way to start your road to recovery.