Identifying Different Types Of Pain & Choosing Treatment

As a clinician, you likely deal with pain management issues every single day. Why is this? Across the world, and particularly here in Canada, there is a large population of people that experience chronic pain —whether that be the result of a past injury or natural causes. Because of the inherent need for innovative new pain treatment techniques, it is important that you, as a clinician, attend integrative medicine CME (continuing medical education) conferences. In these conferences, you will learn innovative pain management and treatment techniques like the NGUI-MATRIX, allowing you to better treat your patients for chronic pain.  

In today’s blog post, we will be discussing how to identify the different types of pain that your patient might be experiencing, choosing how to treat the pain, and who might require treatment for chronic pain. Continue reading to learn more.

What Are The Different Types Of Pain?

When it comes to deciding how to treat pain, it is important to know what kind of pain that you are treating in the first place. Below, we have listed the most common types of pain with a brief synopsis explaining what sets each apart from one another.

Nociceptive Pain

One of the two major types of pain, nociceptive pain is pain that has been caused by stimuli, or other inputs, that have been detected by nociceptors in the body. Nociceptors are receptors in the human body that react to instances of the body becoming physically harmed. Damaged areas of the body like the skin, bones, or muscles can cause pain as a result of the nociceptors sending electrical signals to the brain via the peripheral and central nervous system. What are the most common injuries that cause nociceptive pain?

  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Fractures or breaks
  • Joint damage (arthritis, sprains)

When any of the above damages are inflicted on the body, the nociceptors alert the brain, thus creating the sensation of pain. Nociceptive pain can be treated with the use of various different medical treatment techniques.

Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is pain that results from injury, disease, or infection — all of which are likely to be chronic. Often times, neuropathic pain is a result of a disease or an infection. Whereas nociceptive pain is a pain where a stimulus causes the body receptors to shoot a message to the brain to create the sensation of pain, neuropathic pain is when the body sends unprompted signals to the brain — causing pain for what seems to be no reason. Some common causes of neuropathic pain are:

  • Accidents
  • Infections
  • Surgery
  • Disease

When pain seems to be experienced for “no reason,” it is likely that neuropathic pain is the cause. Being that neuropathic pain is usually a result of infection, disease, or other unseen complications, it is important to begin pain management treatments right away.

Categorizing Pain

While there are two major different types of pain, both can impact people in different ways, for different durations of time. Of these categorizations, pain can either last for a short period of time (acute) or a long period of time (chronic). Acute pains are more commonly associated with nociceptive pain, being that the stimuli causes pain and then fades away, while chronic pain is more commonly associated with neuropathic pain and long-term injuries.

How Common Is Chronic Pain?

While both categorizations of pain are important to treat, it is much easier for a clinician to treat acute pains. While acute pains are likely to be less-serious injuries, chronic pains are usually the result of more serious health issues such as serious injury, disease, infection, and more.

The sad truth is that too many people worldwide suffer from preventable chronic pain. In Canada, a large population of people suffers from chronic pain as a result of various different medical issues. In fact, so many people experience chronic pain that various studies have found that up to 40 percent of Canadians have, or have experienced, chronic pain.

Chronic pain is usually associated with older generations, but sadly, that is not always true. In a study conducted by three Canadian healthcare professionals found that practically all age groups are equally susceptible to experience chronic pain, with people over the age of 50 seeming to be at a slightly higher risk of chronic pain. Take a look at the information graphic below to get a better idea of the distribution of chronic pain across different age groups.

Canada & Chronic Pain

What Are The Best Ways To Address Chronic Pain?

As a clinician, it is your duty to determine the best course of action when it comes to treating your patient for chronic pain. Some likely factors that will help you determine the course of action that you pursue are the age of the patient, the medical issue that they are experiencing, and the amount of pain that they are experiencing.

When it comes to treating chronic pain, there are two approaches that can be taken by the clinician. The clinician can prescribe a drug or medication to allow the patient to deal with the pain, or therapy can be initiated, taking a step towards fixing the medical issue causing the pain.

Using Medication

There are thousands of medications that can address pain, and they all work slightly differently. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acetaminophen, and prescribed painkillers can all be used to address nociceptive pains, while drugs like antidepressants and antiviral medications can treat neuropathic pain.

Using Therapy

Therapy can be used to address symptoms both of mind and body and is used to fix the problem rather than to mask the symptoms. If the pain is neuropathic, therapy can help the patient learn about their issue and cope with their pain. If the pain is nociceptive, therapy can be used to strengthen and build mobility in the affected areas, resulting in a faster recovery process.

How Does The NGUI-MATRIX Fit In With Pain Management?

Pain is complex, meaning that treating it is not always simple — especially with chronic pain. Chronic pain is essentially a pain resulting from an injury or lasting condition that has manifested itself to the point that the patient might think that they will always have it present. Grandmaster Stanley Ngui recognized the issues with traditional pain management techniques and decided to culminate all of his experience and knowledge to create an innovative new treatment technique for healthcare professionals to integrate within their clinics.  

The NGUI-MATRIX healthcare technique is drastically different from both Eastern and Western models and methods, instead of using some concepts from each form of treatment. While traditional models seek to treat pain by utilizing the central nervous system, the NGUI-MATRIX utilizes the flow of natural energy (Qi) in the body, and how it is distributed along the bodies meridians to address, and treat pain.

If you are interested in learning more about the NGUI-MATRIX treatment system, we urge you to purchase a ticket to an upcoming integrative CME convention where Grandmaster Stanley Ngui will be discussing his revolutionary treatment technique. We look forward to hearing from you.

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