Pain Treatment Regimens for Different Types of Pain

Pain Treatment Regimens for Different Types of Pain

Pain treatment regimen is the restoration and preservation of one’s health against pain through proper diet, exercise and medication.

When pain persists, it’s only going to slow you down from achieving your daily targets. Besides, your social and physical interactions get limited because of pain.

7 most common types of pain;

  1. Nerve pain
  2. Acute pain
  3. Bone pain
  4. Phantom pain
  5. Breakthrough pain
  6. Soft tissue pain
  7. Chronic pain

1. Nerve Pain

Nerve pain can occur as a result of either nerve damage or inflammation. Most patients often describe it as ‘stabbing pain or electrifying shock’ that worsens at night, if left unattended to.

Nerve pains can lead to poor sleep and reduced performance at work.

Causes of nerve pains are;

    • Cancer
    • Limb amputation
    • Stroke
    • Injuries to nerves, brain or spinal cord

Nerve pains can be treated using antidepressants, capsaicin cream, anticonvulsants and cognitive-behavioural therapy.

2. Acute pain

Acute pain is normally short-felt for minutes, hours, days at times a few months. Its main causes are injuries from broken bones, burns, surgery, labour pains among others.

Pain treatment regimen can include use of opioids and bioelectric therapy.

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3. Bone pain

Bone pain is felt in the bones. It is felt through bone aches, tenderness or discomfort. This is a kind of pain that can be felt even at rest. It is associated with conditions such as bone fractures, mineral deficiency, cancers, and sickle cell anaemia.

It can be managed through surgery, nutritional supplements, nonopioids, opioids and bisphosphonates.

4. Phantom pain

Phantom pain is usually felt from non-existent body parts, especially after limb amputations. The pains are from the brain and spinal cord and not psychological imaginations. Phantom pain is different from phantom limb sensation, in that the sensation is usually painless.

However, it may be challenging for most people to deal with. It gets better with time though.

Nonopioids, antidepressants, ketamine, anticonvulsants and repetitive magnetic stimulation are possible pain treatment regimens for the condition.

5. Breakthrough pain

Breakthrough pain is a sudden short and sharp increase in pain which occurs to people on certain medications to relieve chronic pains from cancer, arthritis or fibromyalgia.

This kind of pain may also be experienced during physical activities, coughing, stress, illnesses and intervals for dosage take. Short-acting opioids and relaxation techniques or acupuncture may be used as treatment options.

6. Soft tissue pain

Soft tissue pain results from damages or inflammations of tissues, muscles or ligaments. It often leads to swelling and a lot of scratching. It is caused by muscle strains, back and neck pains, sciatic pains and Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)

Most medics often recommend nonopioids, corticosteroids, physiotherapy, and ultrasound as treatment options for soft tissue pain.

7. Chronic pain

Chronic pain normally lasts longer than six months and are can be experienced randomly on most days. The effects range from mild to severe, depending on the injury incurred. Chronic pain sometimes develops from acute pains but can continue to be felt long after the injury is healed or the initial condition resolved.

They are associated with conditions such as

  • Headache
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Backpain
  • Circulation problems
  • Fibromyalgia

This pain may result in depression and social isolation as one is limited in physical activities.

Opioids, capsaicin cream, antidepressants, radiation and bioelectric therapy are treatment methods.


To prevent these types of pains from developing into something else, it’s always advisable to seek immediate medical assistance. It is only through these qualified doctors that you get to know the best treatment option and dosage for each type of pain.

If you’ve found this helpful, please share. And if you have any further questions, please let me know below and I or one of my team will do our best to provide you with answers.


Jamie Wood, Founder & CEO


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