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Pain Management

What is Pain?

Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that tells you something may be wrong with your body. It is your body's way of sending a warning to your brain. Pain is whatever the person who is experiencing the pain says it is, and it exists whenever he or she says it does. Sometimes pain may only be an annoyance, like when you have a mild headache. At other times, pain may be a signal that there is a serious problem, such as when your pain does not go away after an operation - even after you take pain medicine.

Why should pain be treated?

Pain can affect you in many way (More)

Understanding Pain Management

  • Choosing the Right Pain Treatment
  • Body in Pain (Multi-media Partnership)
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Pain Management
  • Common Questions about Injuries
  • Back Basics: Identifying and Understanding Back Pain
  • Common Back Injuries
  • Common Leg Injuries
  • Common Shoulder and Arm Injuries
  • Migraine Headaches: Ways to Deal With the Pain (American Academy of Family Physicians)

  • Commonly Asked Questions

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  • Ibuprofen after surgery?
  • Medications for Muscle Pain
  • Mixing Pain Medications
  • Nerve Blockers
  • Neurologic Pain Diagnostics
  • New Technology for 40 year old knee injury?
  • Pain Management Clinics
  • Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Treatment for Pinched Nerve

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    Last Updated: Mar 23, 2016