Pain is an unpleasant sensation that serves as a warning signal to let you know something is not right with your body. Pain is controlled by the nervous system and is a very complex process. It occurs when an external stimulus, for example, touching a hot pan, triggers receptor nerve cells to send messages through your spinal cord to your brain. These receptors can sense heat, cold, light, touch, pressure, and pain. Pain can occur in many different areas of your body and range from mild discomfort to unbearable.

Identifying your pain

Before reaching for relief, it is important to learn why the pain has occurred. When in doubt, seek medical advice from your doctor or pharmacist.

There are many different types of pain. Most of us are familiar with - back pain, neck and shoulder pain, joint pain, and sprains, strains and bruises.