Pain Redefined to Be More Inclusive

Ask anyone what pain is and you’ll likely get a response like, “an unpleasant sensation” or “a sensation that causes suffering.” And they’d be right. But the medical community constantly re-evaluates how it defines medical conditions to ensure they are as accurate as possible. This year, the word “pain” was tweaked.

In 1979, pain was defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain as, “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or…

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