What is pain?

There are two different types of pain: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is a normal uncomfortable sensation triggered by the nervous system to alert you of a possible injury. Chronic pain is pain that persist over a longer period of time, normally longer than six months.

Chronic pain can result from an initial injury, such as a sprained back or it can be the result of more long-term health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, or cancer. Common chronic pain issues involve headaches, back pain, or neck pain. Some chronic pain is the result of damage to the peripheral nerves or central nervous system, which is called Neuropathic pain. Other complaints of chronic pain have no known source, including no past injury or disease and no visible signs of damage inside or outside of the nervous system. This type of pain is referred to as psychogenic pain.


Time is a critical component in the treatment of pain. If pain is not treated quickly after the initial onset, acute pain can result in chronic pain. Therefore, it is important that pain is not only treated timely, but also aggressively.

At Advanced Pain Medicine, PSC we are committed to helping our patients improve their quality of life. We work with each patient to develop an individualized treatment plan, whether the patient has suffered from pain for many years, or it is the result of a recent injury.

We are a referral based practice, which means we work as a consultant with your physician or specialist to treat your pain from a team approach. This website was designed to answer general questions you may have about pain related issues and what we do here at Advanced Pain Medicine, PSC.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to call our office and we would be happy to speak with you.
For a complete list of the available treatments, see Treatment Information.


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