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What is Nociceptive Pain?

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Updated November 13, 2009

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Definition: Nociceptive pain is the term for pain that is detected by specialized sensory nerves called nociceptors. These nerves are located throughout the soft tissues, such as muscles and skin, as well as the internal organs.

There are two types of nociceptive pain: somatic pain and visceral pain. Somatic pain comes from the joints, bones, muscles and other soft tissues, while visceral pain comes from the internal organs.

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Also Known As: somatic pain, visceral pain
Examples:
When pain is detected by the nerves in the skin, muscles and organs, it is called nociceptive pain.
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