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Glossary of Pain Management Terms (A-F)

  • 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

We’ll have definitions soon.


The information contained in this blog is for educational purposes only. Please make an appointment so we can formally review your medical condition. This blog does not create a doctor/patient relationship. If you’re experiencing pain, please phone our Langhorne, PA office at 215.741.7031.

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