Here are the definitions for a few common pain management terms. We will post more in subsequent blogs.
- Acute. Pain that can be intense but usually lasts for a short period of time, usually shorter than six (6) months. It usually relates to a bodily injury and ends when the injury heals.
- Acupuncture. A medical technique that uses tiny needles inserted into the skin at certain points along the body to help manage pain, produce anesthesia or promote therapy.
- Analgesic. A medication or treatment that manages or reduces pain.
- Arthritis. A generic term that describes over 100 different conditions; a disorder of a joint where two bones meet creating swelling, redness, warmth, or tenderness. It includes a loss of joint space and formation of spurs, erosions or cysts in the bone.
- Cancer Pain. May be acute or intermittent pain. It is often related to tumor recurrence or treatment.
- Central Nervous System. The brain and the spinal cord.
- Chronic Pain. Pain that lasts months or years. It may get worse with time.
For questions about any pain issues, please contact our Langhorne pain management office by calling 215.741.4410. We treat Pennsylvania and New Jersey patients – mostly from Bucks County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia, and Mercer County.