Understanding the experience and physiology of pain
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Understanding the experience and physiology of pain

Emma Briggs Lecturer, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London

This article, the third in a series of articles written by pain nurse specialists, explains the underlying physiology of pain. Nociceptive pain describes the normal physiological process relating to tissue damage, and neuropathic pain occurs when there is damage to or dysfunction of the nervous system. These two types of pain are analysed using a case study to provide insight into the multidimensional nature and unique experience of pain.

Nursing Standard. 25, 3,35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.09.25.3.35.c7989

Correspondence

emma.briggs@kcl.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review