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2023 Jan 26

Br J Nurs



The pathophysiology, assessment, and management of acute pain.


Mears L, Mears J
Br J Nurs. 2023 Jan 26; 32(2):58-65.
PMID: 36715521.


This article reviews the pathophysiology and treatment of acute pain. Two definitions of pain are considered, along with the International Association for the Study of Pain taxonomy for nociceptive, neuropathic and nociplastic pain. The mechanisms of acute and neuropathic pain are considered. Methods of assessment are discussed followed by the pharmacological management of both nociceptive and neuropathic pain.