Types of Pain
Pain can strike us all from time to time and is the body’s way of signalling that something is wrong. People feel pain when there is damage or injury to bodily tissues. The injured area reacts by releasing chemicals called prostaglandins, which amplify the pain signals to the brain and cause swelling and inflammation at the injured site.
There are three types of pain:
- Acute pain – short term pain (e.g. headache or ankle sprain) that starts rapidly and lasts for a limited time
- Chronic pain – long term or continuous pain (e.g. pain associated with the symptoms of arthritis) that is often managed by a GP
- Recurrent pain – comes and goes (e.g. period pain)
Approximately 13% of the Irish population suffer pain almost daily* Click on the site of your pain to find out more and understand how Solpa Extra can help you get back on track.
*Survey of chronic pain in Europe: Prevalence, impact in daily life, and treatment. European Journal of Pain 10 (2006) 287-333