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Definition & Types of Pain – Provider Resources

Provider resources on understanding the different types of pain.

Overview of Pain – Understanding the Types

Understanding pain

  • Find information on acute vs. chronic pain, the causes of pain, the pain pathway, and the impact of pain.

Types of Chronic Pain

  • Learn about the two broad categories of chronic pain –neuropathic and nociceptive pain.

Pain in Children

  • How does age influence the perception of the pain experience? Find information on the role of age as it relates to social and physiologic development, cognitive processing, and coping skills.

Supplemental Resources


Types of Pain

  • Visit this site to find relevant journal articles on different types of pain including: acute pain, cancer pain, headache, neuropathic pain, oral and maxillofacial pain, rheumatologic and myofascial pain, etc.

A classification of chronic pain for ICD-11

  • The Task Force for the Classification of Chronic Pain which comprises pain experts from across the globe, has developed a new and pragmatic classification of chronic pain for the upcoming 11th revision of the ICD. The goal is to create a classification system that is applicable in primary care and in clinical settings for specialized pain management.

For more information on the definitions of and types of pain, tailored toward patients and families: