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Back Pain Definitions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acute pain: severe pain that has a sudden onset, but lasts a short time
   
Addiction: a psychological or physical dependence on a medicine
   
Analgesic: medicine used to relieve pain
   
Adjuvant medicine: medicine that has another primary purpose but may in some cases relieve pain
Breakthrough pain: pain that occurs although the patient is being medicated
   
Chronic pain: pain that is constant and lasts a long time
   
Deep brain stimulation: a pain control method using electrodes implanted in the brain and controlled by the patient
   
Epidural medication: medicine that is injected into the spinal column
   
Immediate-release medication: medication that takes effect in a short period of time
   
Infusion: a method of administering medication into a vein
   
Intramuscular (IM) injection: injection of medication into a muscle
   
Intrathecal (IT) injection: injection of medication into the sheath around the spinal cord
   
Intravenous (IV) injection: injection of medication into a vein
   
Long-acting or sustained released medicines: medicines that act for long periods of time and are taken on a regular basis
   
Narcotic: medicine that produces pain relief by depressing the central nervous system (see opioid)
   
Neuropathic pain: pain, usually arising from nerve damage, that is burning, shooting or numbing
   
Patient-controlled analgesis (PCA): a method of pain control in which the patient controls the amount and timing of the release of the medication by pressing a button on a computerized pump that releases a preset amount of the medication into the patientís body
   
Phantom pain:

pain felt in a part of the body that is no longer there

   
Nerve block: injection of medicine directly into the nerve or spine for pain control
   
Non-opioids:

medicine that does not contain an opioid. Examples include acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen.  Many of these medicines are available over-the-counter and do not require a prescription.

   
Opioids:

medicine that requires a prescription and provides strong pain relief. Examples include morphine, hydromorphone, oxycodone and codeine.

   
Radiofrequency lesioning: a catheter is inserted through an incision and uses radiowaves to destroy affected nerves
   
Rescue medicines:

medicine used to control breakthrough pain

   
Somatic pain: pain, usually arising from the body wall or voluntary muscles in the legs or arms, that feels achy, throbbing and well localized in one spot
   
Subcutaneous injection (SQ): injection of medicine just under the skin
   
Titrate: to adjust the dose of medicine needed to control pain
   
Tolerance: adjustment of the body to medication so that more medication or another type of medication is needed to control pain
   
Vertebroplasty: cement is injected into the vertebrae to ease pain
   
Visceral pain:

pain, usually arising from the internal organs, that feels like squeezing, cramping or pressure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
         

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Patient Resources

Anatomy of The Lower Back  -  Misdiagnosing Low Back Pain  -  Functions of The Low Back  -  Before Your Surgery  -  After Spine Surgery

Spine Surgery Questions  -  Anatomy of The Spine  -  Back Pain Definitions  -  Obesity and back pain  -  Orthopedic Surgeons  -  Spine Surgeons

Back Pain Myths  -  Back Pain Medication

 

 

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