What is Pain?

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Pain is often the trigger to seek medical care and many patients experiencing pain seek treatment with an orthopedic surgeon.   At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, our board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons will identify why you are experiencing pain.  After the reason for pain and discomfort is diagnosed, our orthopedic surgeons will create an individualized treatment strategy for you.

There are two categories to describe pain, Acute and Chronic.  The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons describes pain as “a sensory and emotional reaction precipitated by actual or anticipated injury; results from damage to tissue or nerves and is made worse by pressure or inflammation.” 1  In Orthopedics, you may experience acute pain, after an injury like a sprain, strain or broken bone.  You may have chronic pain is more likely when you have a condition called osteoarthritis.

Chronic vs. Acute

Chronic pain is often defined as any pain lasting more than twelve weeks. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation that alerts us to possible injury, chronic pain is very different. Chronic pain persists, often for months or even longer.2

Your Next Step

If you are experiencing pain or injury, first seek an appointment with your primary care physician if your insurance plan requires this step.  If your insurance company does not require a referral from your primary care physician, contact Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center to request and appointment with one of our board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons.  Our mission is to provide quality health care you can trust and Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center is setting the standard for care in Southern Nevada.

Request an appointment with Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, call 702.258.3773.

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