The feeling of physical pain can vary greatly – mild, sharp, severe, dull. Learn the symptoms for different types of pain, so you can describe them to a doctor.

  • Chronic Knee and Joint Pain

Arthritis that affects your “shock absorbers” is the cause of pain and disability in knee and hip joints that can lead to surgery.

  • Back Pain

The causes of back pain can be complex — accidents, muscle strains, sports injuries. Stiffness, pain, lower back pain, and pain radiating down the leg are symptoms of back pain.

  • Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain

Overexertion, pinched nerves — all sorts of joint and muscle problems can cause neck and shoulder pain.

  • WhiplashA car accident or any abrupt jerking motion to the head and neck — and suddenly you have serious neck, shoulder, back pain. Standard X-rays of the neck may not show any injuries.
  • Chronic Muscle PainUse your muscles incorrectly, too much, too little — and you’ve got muscle pain.
  • Muscle Pain

Overuse injuries — muscle sprains, strains, and pains — result from all sorts of assaults, small to severe.

  • Temporomandibular (TMD) Disorders

Problems of the jaw, jaw joint, and facial muscles that control chewing — those are signs of TMD disorders. But facial pain is just one symptom.

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

It’s considered one of the most painful conditions in medicine. The face pain it causes can be treated.

  • Shingles Pain (Postherpetic Neuralgia)

A complication of shingles is the painful after-effects known as postherpetic neuralgia.  This condition occurs only in some people and after the rash of shingles has disappeared.

  • Sciatica Pain

When your rear or leg muscles worsen when sitting for a long period of time, climbing stairs, walking, or running — it might be sciatica.

  • Arachnoiditis: Spinal Pain

Inflamed tissue, which surrounds the spinal cord — caused by injury, infection, or other assaults — can cause great disability and pain.

  • Joint Pain

See the causes of joint pain and how to treat it with both home remedies and prescribed medication.

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

It’s a baffling, intensely painful disorder that can develop from a seemingly minor injury, yet is believed to result from high levels of nerve impulses being sent to the affected disorder.

  • Central Pain Syndrome

A stroke, multiple sclerosis, or spinal cord injuries can result in chronic pain and burning syndromes from damage to brain regions.

  • Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom pain refers to the sensation of pain felt by patients who have had a limb amputated. Treatments are usually disappointing and do not provide relief.

  • Diabetes-Related Nerve Pain (Neuropathy)

If you have diabetes, nerve damage can be a serious complication. This nerve complication can cause severe burning pain especially at night.

  • Depression, Anxiety, and Pain

Depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems can cause pain — or make existing pain worse.