Pain Management Glossary

Chances are you are reading this section because your doctor used a word that is unfamiliar to you. Your doctor is not trying to confuse you; it’s just that they have spent years developing their medical craft and their expertise in pain management. And, pain management, like lots of other areas of medicine, has a very good reason for using “medical jargon.” These special terms have been developed to describe a specific issue or a unique process. This precise language may be confusing to patients but it allows doctors to communicate ideas efficiently and effectively with one another. We offer this glossary of terms to help you better understand your doctor and communicate with them about you and your needs. If your doctor uses a term that is not listed here, don’t be shy about asking them to define the term for you.