How Do You Describe Your Pain?

Types of Pain and How to Describe It

In addition to the location of the pain it is important for your Doctor of Chiropractic to understand the type of pain or discomfort you are having. There are several types of pain. See the list below:

  • Acute pain starts suddenly and is commonly caused from a traumatic event.

  • Chronic pain last for month or years. Chronic pain can start after a traumatic event but may also be caused by long-term dysfunction.

  • Muscle Pain is located within an injured muscle and is commonly described as an aching or burning sensation.

  • Nerve pain is commonly described as a stabbing pain but can also present as a prickling or tingling sensation. This type of pain can radiate down arms or legs and typically follows the path of the affected nerve.

  • Joint Pain is commonly described as an aching pain but can cause sharp radiating pain. Unlike nerve pain, if joint pain radiates it does not follow the path of a nerve.  

  • Referred Pain is when the pain is caused in one area and felt in another. This type of pain commonly happens with neck and back injuries. The problem is in the neck or back, but the complaint is in the hand or foot.

  • Phantom Pain is when there is pain in a part of the body that is no present. As an example, this type of pain is common in people who have lost a limb.

Pain is a subjective complaint, because it differs from one person to the next. Describing your pain in detail will help your Doctor of Chiropractic to find and address your problem with more accuracy. Be sure to describe the location, duration, type and intensity. It may also be important to keep a pain diary if your pain complaint has a history of changing.

How To Describe Pain

How To Describe Pain