Pain Management

Primer on Pain

15 Feb: A Primer on Pain

Many people have heard of “no pain, no gain”, but it’s easy to follow this motto down the wrong road. Pain can mean a lot of different things to different people. What is felt can vary greatly, but common descriptions of pain include “ache, sore, sharp, stabbing, burning, shock/electric”, just to name a few. Pain tolerance can also vary from low to high. On top of that, past experiences affect how we experience pain, with traumatic events or persistent pain sometimes magnifying what people are experiencing. But pain is also used to describe what we feel during exercise, despite exercise being good for us. So that begs the question, is pain good or bad?