Sociological Basis of Pain

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Original Editor - Jo Etherton Top Contributors - Lauren Lopez, Jo Etherton, Kim Jackson and Samuel Adedigba

Definition of Pain

Pain is a complex experience that is difficult to explain or define because of its uniqueness to each individual. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage"[1]. This definition implies that pain is subjective, is multidimensional; involving not only the sensation of pain but also the emotional experience associated with pain, and it does not have to be associated with observable tissue damage or have a detectable underlying cause.

Biopsychosocial Model of Pain

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  1. Sluka KA. Mechanisms and management of pain for the physical therapist. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016 Feb 2.