Therefore comprehensive clinical assessment and effective physician-patient communication are essential.
Acute pain constitutes a signal to brain about the presence of noxious stimuli and/or ongoing tissue damage. It has an important biological and a distinct protective function.
Poorly controlled acute pain can be a factor leading to progression towards chronic pain. That's why early and efficient management of pain is important.
Chronic pain persists after the damaged tissue is healed and has no biological function.
Chronic pain is a specific healthcare problem and a therapeutic challenge. The prevalence of chronic pain in the European populations was estimated to be around 20%1.
Poorly managed pain may present a debilitating burden.
These restrictions themselves can contribute to perpetuation of the pain.
Although we tend to think of pain as a homogeneous sensory entity, several distinct types exist which require different treatment approaches.
In a third category of pain, functional pain, there is no obvious tissue or nerve damage.
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