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Glossary of Pain Management Terms: A:F


Here a few definitions of common pain managmenet terms:

  • Acute: Pain that can be intense but usually lasts for a short period of time, usually shorter than six months. It usually relates to a bodily injury and ends  when the injury heals.
  • Acupuncture – medical technique that uses  tiny needles inserted in 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 relieves 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. Includes loss of joint space and formation of spurs,  erosions or cysts in the bone.
  • Cancer Pain: May be acute, chronic or intermittent pain – often related to tumor recurrence or treatment
  • Central nervous system: The brain and spinal cord.
  • Chronic: Pain that lasts months or years. It may get worse with time.
  • Complementary Medicine: Treatment that falls outside the standard medical approaches. Complementary medicine techniques for pain may include acupuncture, chiropractic care, herbs and yoga.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan: Diagnostic procedure that uses computers and X-ray technology.
  • Cryotherapy: Therapeutic use of cold to decrease discomfort, reduce swelling or break a muscle spasm.
  • Conservative management: An approach to treating pain that uses physical therapy, medication and injections instead of surgery
  • Fibromyalgia: Chronic disorder that causes pain and stiffness throughout the body including muscle pain, fatigue, and often depression.


This blog does not constitute medical advice. Readers should consult with their doctors for exercise advice.


Our Medical Team: Drs. Anju Madnani and Sanjay Madnani have decades of experience helping people in pain. While we hope you never have any pain, we’re here to help if your pain is preventing your from sleeping, working, or enjoying life. We work to determine the source of your pain. We then recommend the appropriate medical treatments.

We see people who live or work  in Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Mercer County. Our office is in Langhorne, Pa  – close to Newtown, Doylestown, Levittown, and Richboro. To schedule an appointment, call 215-741-7031 or 215-504-2815.


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