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Types of Pain We Treat at UPMC

Your pain is as unique as you are. No description of pain fits every person.

UPMC's experts know this and treat you with custom tools that help you manage the pain you feel.

Pain management includes treatments for almost all pain types. Whether you have sudden pain or live with pain that never stops, we're here to help.

No matter how your pain starts or how long it lasts, you deserve relief. Our pain management experts are here for you with specialty treatments and ways to help you cope.

Find a Pain Management Provider at UPMC

Find a Pain Management Location at UPMC

What Is Pain?

Pain is one of your body's signals. It lets you know that something isn't as it should be.

Although we all feel pain, we don't all feel pain in the same way. Pain types vary for each person and case.

Different types of pain can be mild or extreme. And pain can last for a short time or go on for much longer.

You may need support to manage pain from:

  • Accidents or injuries.
  • Childbirth.
  • Chronic health issues like arthritis, fibromyalgia, or migraines.
  • Surgery.
  • Treatment for cancer or other health issues.

Acute Pain

Acute pain is intense and may be sudden.

You may have acute pain:

  • After a car crash or injury.
  • During childbirth.
  • After surgery.

Acute pain often goes away within a certain time.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain last for more than 3 to 6 months. It may start with an injury or health problem but over time, becomes a health issue itself.

This pain type can be tough to manage and can affect your physical and mental health.

When pain is chronic, it can become a disease that needs careful management.

How do I know if my pain is normal or if I should see a doctor?

Pain is a normal response when your body has an injury or goes through trauma. You'll likely feel pain until the injury heals.

Talk to your doctor about when you can expect pain to stop.

Pain that persists after you've healed or lasts more than 3 to 6 months is chronic pain.

When pain disrupts how you work and live, it's time to talk to your doctor. They'll review your symptoms to diagnose you and can refer you to a pain specialist.

UPMC pain management experts diagnose and treat all pain types. We offer treatments to manage acute and chronic pain.

You may see members of the pain management team such as:

  • Occupational and physical therapists.
  • Psychiatrists.
  • Psychologists.
  • Social workers.

We may also suggest other tools (integrative medicine) that work with pain therapies to manage distinct kinds of pain. Techniques such as acupuncture and mindfulness training can help you manage pain's impact on your life.

Contact UPMC Pain Management

If you're seeking expert pain care, reach out to our committed team at UPMC.