An explanation of why we feel pain when injured
By Isabél Lamprecht (B.Sc Physiotherapy)
Knowledge is power and the same is true about understanding pain. Many people will experience pain sometime in their lives. The circumstances and emotions that we feel at that time determine how we perceive pain.
Pain is subjective in nature which means that it is very difficult to measure and to compare, as no two people will describe their intensity of pain as exactly the same. It is based solely on your own experience of it. Therefore pain is always what you feel it is.
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.
In this article we would like to go through the basic principles of what pain is, especially acute pain after an injury.