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Glossary

Pain Resource Centre Dictionary

The Canadian Pain Coalition recognizes that pain-related words are often confusing and difficult to understand. To assist our members, families, and friends we have identified the key terms that appear on our site that we feel require more explanation and definitions. The words that are defined will appear with black text on a yellow background. To see the definitions for these words, simply click the word and a pop-up box with the definition will appear.

We hope that these definitions assist you in gaining additional knowledge on pain, its treatment, and management. If there are any additional words you would like defined, please write to us at: office@canadianpaincoalition.ca.

 

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Acetaminophen

Activity pacing

Acupuncture

Acute (pain)

Aerobic Activity

Alternative medicines

Anaestetic

Analgesia

Analgesic

Antibiotics

Anticonvulsants

Antidepressants

Antiinflammatory medications

Antiviral medicines

Aquatherapy

Aura

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Bone density

C

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Cannabinoids

Central neuropathic pain

Chicken pox (varicella zoster)

Chronic (pain)

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive-behavioural pain management

Complementary medicines

Compounding pharmacy

Computed Tomography (CT scans)

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Diabetes

Dissemination

Dysfunction

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Electromyographic biofeedback

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Fascia

Fatigue

Functional restoration

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Genetic disorder

Guided imagery

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Headache medications

History

Hyperactivity

Hypnosis

I

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Identification

Inflammatory pain

Injection

Interdisciplinary

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Local

Localized (pain)

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Manipulation

Massage

Mechanisms

Meditation

Monofilament testing

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Muscle relaxants

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NMDA receptor antagonist

Nerve conduction studies (NCS) or electromyography (EMG)

Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain

Neuropathy

Nociceptive pain

Non-drug therapies

Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

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Occupational therapist

Opioids

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Pain

Peripheral neuropathic pain (or peripheral neuropathy)

Physical exam

Physiotherapists

Physiotherapy

Placebo response

Psychologists

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Quantitative sensory testing (QST)

R

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Referred (pain)

Relaxation (techniques)

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

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Self-management techniques

Sensory discrimination training

Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

Signs

Strengthening and motor stability

Stump revision

Symptoms

Systemic

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Temperature biofeedback

Topical

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

Treatment

Tricyclic antidepressants

Trigger points

Triggers

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound therapy

Urologist

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Vital signs

Vulvodynia

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Yoga