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Six Main Types of Chronic Pain


Updated November 25, 2009

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Types of Chronic Pain: Nociceptive Pain
Six Main Types of Chronic Pain
Ivar van Bussel, Groningen, Netherlands
Nociceptive pain is pain detected in either the body's soft tissues (such as muscles and skin) or organs by specialized sensory nerves, known as nociceptors. Nociceptors detect painful stimuli, sending information to the spinal cord and brain for interpretation and response.

More on how the brain receives pain signals.

Nociceptive pain may be somatic or visceral in nature.
More on how somatic pain and visceral pain are different.

Examples of nociceptive pain:

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