All Pain is Not the Same

There are two major types of pain: acute and chronic.

Acute pain is usually due to an injury, surgery or cancer and serves to protect us. When tissue is damaged, free nerve endings in your skin send signals to your brain via your spinal cord. Your brain then sends signals to your body to respond to pain, such as removing your burning finger from a hot stove.

Chronic pain is pain that persists over three months, beyond when an injury should have healed.

Chronic pain can be intermittent (occurs in a pattern) or persistent (lasting more than 12 hours daily) and can be considered a disease itself.

It is important to understand that chronic pain is not just a continuation of acute pain. Unlike acute pain, which alerts your body to injury, chronic pain serves no purpose. Although chronic pain can result from acute pain if left untreated, such as after surgery, the most common causes are osteoarthritis and low back pain.

Another type of chronic pain is called neuropathic pain which results from disease or injury to the nervous system.

Many common diseases can result in changes in our nervous systems that cause pain. Shingles, diabetes, and stroke are common examples.SP

- From Conquering Pain for Canadians by the Canadian Pain Coalition. For more information, visit their website: www.canadianpaincoalition.ca

IN PERSON: Reena Handa (continued from page 1)


By taking statements from Reena’s coworkers who were witnesses to the accident, some of whom took pictures of the deck, Share Lawyers clearly determined that the railing broke because it was decayed, and that Tim, as the property owner, was 100 percent liable for Reena’s injury. The detailed medical reports that Share Lawyers compiled also validated that the tailbone fracture caused the onset of Reena’s chronic pain, and the chronic pain had significantly affected her quality of life as well as her ability to work.

Share Lawyers sued Tim’s homeowner’s policy for damages and sued the insurance company for the benefits they had denied Reena for long-term disability. Both insurance companies were aggressive in trying to find evidence that Reena was fine and could return to work.

One of the companies had monitored Reena commenting on her friends’ Facebook status and assumed that if she could do that, she could return to her job.


The insurers’ surveillance tactics could not negate the significant evidence that Share Lawyers had gathered for Reena’s case. Share Lawyers fought both insurance companies and secured a settlement that gave Reena the financial freedom and peace of mind to continue with her pain treatments and retrain for a new career that would not require extended periods of sitting or standing.SP

[All names have been changed to protect the identity of the individuals mentioned.]