Classifying your pain means that we want to determine which parts of our body are causing the symptoms to occur. Briefly, we know that the tissues in our body can send signals to our nervous system that mean something has changed; that might be as simple as your shirt sleeve slipping down. What happens after that is how pain and symptoms may occur, because these signals are just messages after all. When that signal gets to our brains, our biology has to determine if the signal is a good one or a dangerous one. At times, like everything, it doesn’t work perfectly! That’s why some water feels colder to you than it does your friend, or you can walk barefoot on pavement in the summer but you family needs to wear flip flops!
Figuring out how all of these signals are communicating is one of our specialties, and that is the process of classifying; by understanding these processes, we will be able to determine the cause of what’s going on and supply the right management for that condition.