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Anatomy and physiology of pain

  • Michael Serpell

Abstract

The unpleasant sensation of pain plays an important protective role. Physiological, ‘fast’ pain warns us of imminent tissue damage and enables us to locate and withdraw from the source of injury. Later, inflammatory, ‘slow’ pain encourages protective immobilization of the injured area, which promotes tissue healing and functional recovery.

Keywords

Neuropathic Pain Dorsal Horn Inhibitory Interneuron Endogenous Opioid Dorsal Horn Neuron 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Serpell
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  1. 1.University Department of AnaesthesiaGartnavel General HospitalGlasgowScotland

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