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While most of us regard pain as unpleasant and even undesirable we would find it almost impossible to live a normal life without it. The sensation of pain usually tells us that something is wrong. The pain of a broken arm or a sprained ankle is normally enough to stop us from continuing an activity that could cause further damage. A sting of a nettle causes sharp pain which is usually enough to make us very careful the next time we encounter nettles.
The fact that we have so many words to describe pain shows how important it is in our lives; pain may be describe as sharp, acute, throbbing, burning, stinging, chronic, aching etc. In medical diagnosispain is a majorsymptom and is probably the most common reason why people attend doctors.
Sharp localised pain is associated with sprains, bone fracture, breakages and other serious tissue damage.
Aching pain (e.g. headache) is very common but its cause can be more difficult to find, especially when it is not clearly localised. It may be associated with infections such as colds or 'flu.
Pain management is a complex area. There are many causes of pain and so there are many different treatments for it.
In general it is not desirable to completely remove pain, even if that were possible. Pain can be considered to be part of the body's defence system. Pain management is concerned with easing the suffering of people and improving their quality of life.