A pain management physician or doctor is a specialist that is trained specially to help detect the cause of pain in a patient’s body and then eventually devise a means by which the pain can be minimized or eradicated through the available options that exist for the treatment of body pains. Having pains in one’s body can be very excruciating. Pain is known as a complex protective mechanism, yes, it is a protective mechanism that is complex and the end is to protect the body from danger or harm. This means that when you notice pain in any part of your body you are quick to pay attention to it and know exactly what is sponsoring such pain or you quickly seek the attention of a pain management physician to get hold of or tackle whatever the underlying issue that is leading to such pain is all about. We must understand how pain gets to affect the body, there are pain receptors that are present in everybody’s system.
The body is said to have pain receptors that are connected to two main types of nerves that help to detect danger. One of the nerves sends messages quickly, by causing sharp and sudden pain in the body while the other nerve sends messages slowly by causing a dull and throbbing pain. There are some areas of the body that has more pain receptors than other parts. The skin is an area of the body that has a lot of pain receptors that make it easier to know the exact location of the pain, unlike the gut which may make it difficult to tell the exact location of a pain in the stomach. That is why the work of a pain management physician is important. When the skin is exposed to something either sharp or hot, there is an activation of the pain receptors in the skin, they will instantly send signals to the spinal cord and then to the part of the brain that is called the thalamus and immediately there is a response from the muscle that makes them contract saying that there is danger.
This action is a reflex that helps to prevent further damage in the body. This action occurs before you feel the pain, once the message gets to the thalamus then it sorts the information the nerve sent, and how you respond to such action is also dependent on your experience, beliefs, expectations, culture, and social norms. This also helps to explain how different people respond to pain in their bodies. This is basically how pain affects the body.