What is Pain?
Pain is a way your body reacts to injury or illness. Everybody reacts to pain differently. Your report about your pain is the most reliable source of information.
Essentially, pain is the way your brain interprets information about a particular sensation that your body is experiencing. Information (or "signals") about this painful sensation are sent via nerve pathways to your brain. The way in which your brain interprets these signals as "pain" can be affected by many outside factors, some of which can be controlled by special techniques.
Acute pain is of short duration, usually the result of an injury, surgery or illness. This type of pain includes acute injuries, post-operative pain, post-trauma pain.
Chronic pain is an ongoing condition, such as back and neck pain, headaches, complex regional pain syndrome Type 1 (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), neuropathic pain (nerve injury pain), musculoskeletal pain & pain related to illness.
Your physician may refer you to the PCI because your chronic pain condition has not responded to conventional therapies.There are advanced interventional pain management modalities available now at PCI which can help you to get freedom from chronic pain.
WHAT DOES THIS SYMBOL MEAN?
Calling pain the 5th vital sign means that like routine monitoring vital signs like temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure, you will be asked about your pain also.World health organization & all pain societies in world distinctly recognizes this fact.